Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum 2018

The Federal Member for Mitchell, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, together with Tristan Smith, Acting Chief Executive Officer, hosted 157 local students at the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum at Vision Valley from the 18 – 20 October 2018.

“The Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum was an amazing success with 157 students from 15 local high schools involved – the Forum is a significant opportunity for the students to be inspired and encouraged for their future potential in the lead up to their final year of school.

“I pay tribute to the Principals for without their strong support the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum would not be as successful as it is each year, said Alex Hawke.

The Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum is in its 17th year, having started in 2002.  It is a 2½ day live-in program for Year 11 students, based on the values of integrity, service and courage

Students participated in team building activities, small group discussions, and a community service project at Aminya Village and McCall Gardens and listened to inspiring talks and listened to inspiring talks from Matt Kershaw, Heather Hawkins, Hannah Murray, Eddie Woo and Barnaby Howarth. 

"The students who attended the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum this year were passionate, enthusiastic and eager to make a positive impact back at their schools and within our wider community. We are very fortunate to have such a devoted team of volunteer leaders and committee members that believe in building our next generation of leaders. These leaders display the Forum’s values of service, integrity and courage in their everyday lives and are great role models for the Year 11 students. We thank these leaders for their commitment to the forum, without whom, the Forum would not be possible”, said Tristan Smith, Acting CEO of Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum.

“The community service project is a great opportunity for students to exemplify the value of service during this part of the Forum, said Alex Hawke. 

“We would like to thank our valued sponsors; our major sponsors, Nature’s Sunshine Australia and Castle Towers, and sponsors; PwC, Parker Hannifin and Redeemer Baptist School for their continuing commitment to the future of our student leaders.

“I would also like to thank Smiling Bakery, North West Growers, Allan Drew Funerals, The Hills Lodge, LSK Plastics and Swift Consulting for their community support to the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum.

“The continuing sponsorship from these businesses is integral to the success of the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum,” concluded Alex Hawke

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