Women needed for new youth pro­gram

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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 phoebe.tucker@yq.org.au.

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.

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