Stu­dents fol­low sum­mit’s lead

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

MORE than 40 of WA’s bright­est stu­dents at­tended the Young Lead­ers Sum­mit at Pen­rhos Col­lege in an ef­fort to turn them into to­mor­row’s pioneers.

The camp was run by The Amanda Young Foun­da­tion, which is named af­ter the for­mer stu­dent who died from meningo­coc­cal sep­ti­caemia when she was just 18.

Amanda’s father Barry Young said the camp, which was held from April 18-21, was de­signed to help the state’s fu­ture lead­ers.

“Amanda had plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn and grow at the Mur­doch Sum­mer and the Na­tional Youth Sci­ence Fo­rum; she got plenty out of those lead­er­ship cour­ses,” he said.

“The idea of the camp is to talk about the dis­ease and also de­velop lead­ers.

“We’ve had stu­dents ap­proach us about de­vel­op­ing an app to get the mes­sage out there.

“I hope the stu­dents get a bet­ter ap­pre­ci­a­tion about what’s re­quired to be a leader, it’s not all beer and skit­tles.

“For the stu­dents to give up one week of their school hol­i­days is fan­tas­tic.

“They have formed friend­ships that will last a long time.”

The stu­dents took part in a My­ers-Briggs Type In­di­ca­tor work­shop, ses­sions on stress re­lief, re­lax­ation tech­niques, time man­age­ment, goal set­ting and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

Some of the par­tic­i­pants in the Young Lead­ers Sum­mit.

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