The Young Local Leaders program is a community engagement initiative hosted by the City of Stonnington Youth Services and supported by the YMCA Victoria. The program aims at equipping young people aged 14 to 19 with the skills and passion needed to be change makers in their communities, and it will culminate in a significant youth-led community project.
Over the past three months the young leaders have undertaken youth leadership development sessions, learning about interpersonal and group dynamics and team work. I was able to attend a session to share my journey to a leadership position, and I listened to the participants' presentations about issues that were important to them.
After spending a weekend away at a YMCA camp site at Lake Dewar, the young leaders chose youth mental health and an art exhibition as their topic of focus for this year, to raise awareness of the impact of mental health on our younger population. I want to congratulate and thank Ella McNenney, Francesca Dickinson, Zoe Cato, Kendrick Young, Yimming Wei, Henry Zhang, Daniel Yuan and Jerry Jin for their participation in the Young Local Leaders program and their commitment to our local community.