Young Leaders Awards welcome VCAL students

Bass Coast Shire Council will expand the Bass Coast Young Leaders Awards in 2016 to include Victorian Certificate Applied Learning (VCAL) students.

Over the past decade, the awards have been open to two students from every school across Bass Coast, with students completing Grade 5 and Year 10 nominated by their schools.

As many students are now choosing VCAL rather than the traditional model of VCE, Council has introduced the opportunity for each of the three Bass Coast VCAL programs to nominate a Young Leader each.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield said the Awards celebrate leadership in its many forms.

Some students are leaders in the arts or sports, others are great friends and particularly kind or inclusive,” Cr Rothfield said.

“We recognise that VCAL students often contribute and lead within their communities in creative and innovative ways. VCAL programs encourage the development of community links and partnerships.”

Chisholm TAFE Senior Educator, Paul Boys, said VCAL students work closely with the community.

“The Abraham’s Lane Street Art Project, the Youth Action Plan consultation and the recent digital media project are examples of this. The students were innovative and committed to these projects,” Mr Boys said.

“The Young Leaders Awards VCAL category will give students the opportunity to be recognised as leaders along with students in mainstream educational settings.”

Young Leaders will be presented with their awards in February 2017, and will also participate in a workshop with the Mayor where they will be invited to contribute to Council projects and planning. They will also work on a YouTube clip exploring leadership.

Cr Rothfield said the workshop was an important component of the Awards.

Hearing what young people have to say and supporting them to participate in Council and community decision making is one of the key objectives of our Youth Action Plan.”