Thirty students from four schools will participate in this year's youth leadership program

LEADERSHIP: Thirty students will participate in this year's Scenic Rim Council's 2018 youth leadership program.
LEADERSHIP: Thirty students will participate in this year's Scenic Rim Council's 2018 youth leadership program.

School's in for Youth Leadership Program Class of 2018 8 June 2018 School's in for the Class of 2018 - students from four secondary schools across the region who are participating in Council's 2018 Youth Leadership Program.

Thirty Year 10 students from Beaudesert, Boonah and Tamborine Mountain state high schools and Tamborine Mountain College are this year’s participants in the Scenic Rim’s youth leadership program.

Participating in the program are Beaudesert State High School students Phoenix Senhenn, Melanie Cocks, Georgia Tommerup, Aidan Hill, Madeleine Cahill, Zachary Mansfield and Brooklyn Roberts;  Boonah State High School students Connor Larkin, K'Brom Vermeer, Breana Bennett, Latisha Somers, Tileah Casey, Alyssa Parker, Brittney Renz, Zia Mellican, Tabatha Bentley, Tiah Churchward, Rebekah Riech and Zoe Lankowski; Tamborine Mountain State High School students Maya Whitney, Lachlan Tomlinson, Casey-Ann McConnell, Kasey Wilson, Thomas Wensor, Imogen Hacche-Doran, Isabelle Ingram, Eve-Ruby Andersen and Ella Marshall and Tamborine Mountain College students Chelsea Walatara and Sam Fossey.

The students met at The Centre on June 7 to to be formally inducted into the program.The program offers a chance to develop leadership skills through a series of workshops presented by former Olympian and success coach Selina Scoble.

Deputy Mayor Rick Stanfield who welcomed students to the program said that since 2009 it had provided a valuable learning and networking opportunity and challenged the students to move beyond their comfort zones.

"Through each year of the program it has been incredibly satisfying  to see the growth in those who have participated," he said.

Guest speaker, para-equestrian rider Chelsea Higgins delivered a motivational speech to the students on “how to harness adversity when life bucks you off”.

Cr Stanfield applaudedMis Higgins’ message to the students, also encouraging them to "never give up, no matter what life throws at you".

"If the horse bucks you off, you've just got to get back on it, whatever that "horse" may be", he said.

Participants in the Youth Leadership Program are coached to improve self-awareness, deliver effective presentations, make informed leadership decisions, and actively contribute within a group working environment.

Cr Stanfield said the program was part of council's ongoing commitment to delivering programs and projects that meet the needs of the region's youth and provide direction for future activities for young people in the Scenic Rim.

He also encouraged the students to make the most of a one-on-one coaching opportunity.

"I urge you all to learn as much as you can from the wealth of personal and professional experience your coach will share with you throughout this journey", Cr Stanfield said.