Bass Coast,
05
September
2014
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02:36
Australia/Melbourne

Young Leaders, New Ideas

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Nine enthusiastic young participants took part in a fun and engaging leadership workshop last weekend with youth facilitator, Kate Wilde.

The event was hosted by Bass Coast Shire Council, and Mayor Cr Neil Rankine said participants took part in activities to identify their strengths and develop their skills in team building, public speaking, and engaging others.

“The workshop involved young leaders from Wonthaggi and Cowes, including members of the Bass Coast Youth Advocacy Group, Future Leaders Influencing our Community (FLIC),” Cr Rankine said.

“During the day the group developed ideas to improve the local community from annual street barbecues, to volunteer tutoring activities for secondary college students and wellbeing support programs for teenagers.

“I joined the group over lunch to discuss these ideas and it was great to see some fresh, creative ideas from our young community members.”

Cr Rankine said the group also took time out from working hard on the big issues to engineer bridges from plastic drinking straws and complete the tricky NASA exercise on surviving on the moon.

“Ms Wilde commented that she was impressed with how engaged and unique the group were,” Cr Rankine said.