This program helps teenagers develop into confident, resilient and empowered young people who will be socially responsible change agents primed to make a difference in the community. Through fun, challenging and collaborative activities, teenagers will become more self-aware, be inspired to think ‘we’ not ‘I’ and learn how to help others and serve the community through a team-based project.
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The Youth Governor's Leadership Foundation program is designed for students in Year 10 from a diverse mix of backgrounds and schools. Our previous programs with students this age have seen students grow significantly and become more confident, learn new skills, become more reliable and self-directed and aspire to leadership.
We are seeking those teens who have the potential to make a difference but may lack the confidence and skills to do so.
Designed to be experiential, the four-month program involves an overnight camp, small group work and interactive sessions though fortnightly face to face or online workshops.
Student will also apply their learnings through a 12-week community action project, working in small diverse teams to progress a challenge for a not-for-profit organisation. Each project team will be supported by a mentor who will be a senior SA leader who is an alumni of our Governor’s Leadership Foundation program.
Students will also be paired and learn how to be supportive, safe and nurturing peer coaches for each other.
Students develop through understanding their own personalities and embracing their uniqueness rather than trying to compete with others or be someone they are not. With this self-acceptance comes the realisation of their own power and the growth of a more confident and well-rounded person, able to see other perspectives.
The three key elements are:
Learn your strengths, values, goals and how to challenge limiting beliefs to become the best version of yourself.
Learn how to work in teams, communicate effectively, problem solve and see the value in “we” over “me”.
Take action to progress challenges facing the community.
Participants will learn from experienced facilitators, along with guest speakers and mentors who are experts in their fields.
Students are expected to attend 6 face-to-face sessions over 5 months.
The program fee for 2023 is $1800 (plus GST). Payment plans are available. Thanks to many supporters and philanthropists, scholarships are available for students who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, have a school card, are from regional South Australia, have a disability, have a refugee background, are from a culturally and linguistically diverse background or have Pacific Islander heritage. Indicate your interest in a scholarship on the application form.
The Youth GLF will hold a 2-day retreat outside of Adelaide, with further sessions being held at:
To apply for the Youth Governor's Leadership Foundation, please complete the application form.