Young leaders put Kidz First
A group of Auckland Girls Grammar students are set to realise their dream.
The school’s Future Leaders team won first place in the Giving Back – Strengthening our Communities Leadership Forum earlier this month and received $750 to help realise their ambitious project.
The team proposed to build a play area for sick children at the Kidz First hospital in Manukau.
The project was acclaimed by a jury of judges and an audience of 160 of their classmates, mentors and whanau.
Future Leaders Programme coordinator Catherine Wild says the forum showed the girls how they could make a difference in their community.
Although adult mentors supported all groups, having to present their idea in a 10-minute talk, video or PowerPoint presentation helped the girls practise their speaking skills in public.
Team leader Chelsea Bracefield says they thought sick children would benefit from a play area because parents cannot be at their sides when they are working.
“We learned that play is a great therapy for their recovery so we decided that we would like to furnish a play area as a way of supporting those children,” she says.
The team also won an adventure weekend in Rotorua.
For more information on Future Leaders visit www.future leaders.org.nz. – Maina Perrot is an AUT journalism