Op­por­tu­nity for fu­ture lead­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NICKI DAVIDSON

Call­ing all fu­ture lead­ers – if you would like to at­tend a chal­leng­ing and ex­cit­ing per­sonal devel­op­ment pro­gramme, ap­pli­ca­tions are open for the Ro­tary Youth Lead­er­ship Awards.

Ap­pli­cants must have left school and be aged be­tween 18 and 25. Mata­mata Ro­tary youth spokesper­son Glenda Mil­li­gan said they were look­ing for some­one with strong lead­er­ship as­pi­ra­tions.

‘‘We want some­one who stands out, some­one with a de­sire to make a dif­fer­ence. It’s an op­por­tu­nity for them to grow in them­selves, to take up a lead­er­ship role amongst their peers and en­gage with com­mu­nity lead­ers,’’ Mrs Mil­li­gan said.

The week-long pro­gramme in­cludes out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, con­fi­dence build­ing and prob­lem solv­ing, lead­er­ship train­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, pub­lic speak­ing, per­sonal aware­ness and team build­ing.

Ta­maki Wil­son, who at­tended in 2009, said it was in­valu­able. ‘‘Ep­worth Camp is an awe­some spot, learn­ing about what a leader is and how to help your­self and oth­ers. It takes you out of your com­fort zone, we did cha­rades to in­tro­duce our­selves and I had to be a tum­ble drier!’’

The 22-year-old, who works at Mata­mata Mitre 10, said the pro­gramme helped him progress at his job.

‘‘It re­ally helped, I felt more con­fi­dent with cus­tomers and re­lat­ing to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. It gave me a boost to do more in store and I ended up win­ning the Mitre 10 re­gional award for young re­tailer of the year in 2010,’’ he said.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close Fe­bru­ary 21 and the pro­gramme will take place from April 16 to 21 at Ep­worth Camp, Lake Kara­piro. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Glenda on 888 8307.

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