Teens given a shot at LYF
YOUNG professionals from Victoria Park volunteered their time to help about 80 Perth teenagers, including two from Carlisle, safely take a step out of their comfort zone during the Leading Youth Forward (LYF) annual camp in early March.
Communications officer and Town of Victoria Park councillor Brian Oliver and Notre Dame secondary education student Juliet Williamson were volunteer mentors at the two-day camp for Perth youth coming to grips with their own abilities and boundaries.
LYF president Ciara Stapleton said the not-for-profit charity had more than 80 mentors who aimed to break the cycle of disadvantage by providing teens with one-on-one mentors, positive experiences and sense of continuity and stability.
Founded in 2011, LYF brings together young professionals eager to help Perth’s young people realise their dreams and aspirations while taking part in a range of exciting activities like the flying fox, a 20m abseil tower, raft building and kayaking.
Mr Oliver said although it was his second year volunteering with LYF, it was his first time as a mentor at the annual camp, which was made possible this year with a $39,519 Lotterywest grant.
“It was a great experience sharing a weekend with the teenager I was mentoring, who doesn't ordinarily get the opportunity to go away or take part in activities like abseiling or kayaking,” he said.
“While the camp was about having fun, it was just as rewarding helping my teen set goals for the year ahead and mapping out a plan so he can achieve them.
“It’s fair to say all the teens left the camp with great memories.”
Leading Youth Forward mentor Juliet Williamson, Tyrell Burnell, of Carlisle, Nyra Anderson, of Midvale, Chloe Ward, of Carlisle, and LYF mentor Brian Oliver.