Women needed for new youth program
THE call is out for talented business women from professional or sporting sectors to be mentors in the new leadership program, Y-Bloom.
Y Bloom is a 10 week program developed by YMCA Queensland that offers a unique mentoring opportunity for year 9 girls who show potential as young leaders.
It is designed to build resilience and confidence through activities which grow selfawareness, emotional intelligence, problem solving, team work, creativity and business skills.
Program co-ordinator Phoebe Tucker said Y Bloom was created to provide real life experiences for young students.
“A key element in the program’s success is from the involvement of mentors - inspiring women drawn from the local community to participate as positive role models and facilitators,” she said.
The program is seeking to recruit four or five women from the local community to volunteer for five sessions over a 10 week period.
Each mentor will lead a group of five girls and focus on personal development and a challenge project.
Ms Tucker said challenge projects could be anything from developing a CD to redesigning a website or promoting a community event.
“The sessions will be a combination of coaching, fun activities and mentoring to motivate, guide and support students to believe in themselves, discover their potential, understand how their education is applied in the real world and increase their awareness of opportunities on completing school,” she said.
The fortnightly sessions are held at the mentor’s workplace to get the girls working and thinking in a professional setting.
The program will conclude with a presentation evening where the students present their project back to school staff, parents and mentors.
Y Bloom will be available to Proserpine State High School students in term 3.
For more information or to register as a mentor, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUTH PROGRAM: Proserpine State High School year 9 students Faith Sylvester, Jessie Groom, Hennah-Jane Crisp, Micala Shelley, Mille Schmidt, Y Bloom program co-ordinator Phoebe Tucker, Charlotte Thorne and Katie Walker are looking forward to learning new skills from local women in term 3.