Fu­ture lead­ers gather

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

YEAR 11 stu­dents from around the state have spent the past week at the Amanda Young Foun­da­tion’s lead­er­ship camp.

South­ern River res­i­dents Barry and Lor­raine Young es­tab­lished the foun­da­tion and ev­ery year it holds a young lead­ers camp at Pen­rhos Col­lege in Como.

Mr and Mrs Young formed the Amanda Young Foun­da­tion in 1998 six months af­ter their daugh­ter Amanda, a for­mer Pen­rhos Col­lege stu­dent, died of meningo­coc­cal C at 18.

About 40 stu­dents at­tended the camp, com­ing from Al­bany, Bun­bury, Merredin, Mt Barker, Kal­barri, Ger­ald­ton and through­out the metro area.

Mr Young said the foun­da­tion hosted the young lead­ers camp be­cause Amanda was a nat­u­ral leader.

“We noted the broad­en­ing of her hori­zons and friend­ship base by par­tak­ing in th­ese events and we wanted to pro­vide sim­i­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties for Year 11 stu­dents on an on­go­ing ba­sis as part of her legacy,” he said.

Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Mike Bor­man said it was an in­tense four days, with the stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in ac­tiv­i­ties from 7am to 9pm.

“The big thing is around at­ti­tude,” he said.

“A lot of it is around how they can give back to the community.

“They are all emerg­ing lead­ers, so it is giv­ing them a lot of skills.”

He said all stu­dents put their hand up to go to the camp, so they were all keen to learn.

Stu­dent and camp par­tic­i­pant Rosie Birt said the pro­gram showed dif­fer­ent ways to look at lead­er­ship and how many dif­fer­ent com­po­nents there were.

“There is lots of dif­fer­ent peo­ple; there are peo­ple I can re­late with and peo­ple who I don’t re­late with as well but I still get along with and we are learn­ing about that,” she said.

To learn more about the foun­da­tion, go to www.aman­day­oung­foun­da­tion.org.au.

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