Netball champion inspires teens
A LUCKY group of teenagers got to meet netball champion Caitlin Bassett when she was the guest mentor at Leading Youth Forward’s (LYF) latest Big Day Out event at Centenary Park Community Centre and Reserve in Belmont.
LYF is a youth mentoring charity which aims to improve the lives of at-risk teens by focusing on issues such as mental health, cybersafety and dealing with stress.
LYF president Ciara Stapleton said Ms Bassett was popular with teens at the event, where she shared her experiences of being an elite sportswoman and achieving her goals.
“It was a fantastic experience for teens and their mentors to hear from Caitlin about her journey and how she copes with the pressures of being a recognised sportswoman,” she said.
“Caitlin was able to share tips and advice to teens about cybersafety, which is particularly important with the popularity of social media among young people.”
Teens and mentors learned about the risks involved with social media, what a digital footprint is, social media security settings and what to do if you encounter cyber-bullying.
The event also involved activities at JumpAbout Trampoline Park in Rivervale which allowed teens and mentors to have fun while continuing their positive conversations from the morning workshops.