Students get community spirit

A GROUP of students at Liverpool high schools will be challenged to make a difference to their community in a program designed to develop their entrepreneurial spirit.

The Max Potential Youth Leadership Program, launched recently at Moorebank Sports Club, will help year 11 students from Holsworthy and Moorebank high schools to design a community project, which they will then have to co-ordinate and execute themselves.

Max Potential project manager Sue Booth said the aim was to develop students who might not be performing as best they could.

The scheme would pair them with community leaders for one-on-one coaching over 22 weeks.

"The program gives students confidence, provides them with leadership and organisational skills, and allows them to explore their entrepreneurial spirit," Ms Booth said. "The students are encouraged to develop a program based on their interests and special skills which could help the wider community."

Ms Booth said that Nathan Lobb, one of the participants in this year's program, would be mentored by Fernando Drogo, a youth worker at Junction Works.

"The mentors get a lot out of it as well," she said. "This will broaden Fernando's experience in the youth work field."

She said the students and their mentors would start with sessions of brain-storming what the students wanted to achieve.

"Once they identify what they want to do, the mentors will support them while they put it into action," Ms Booth said.

"Last year, one student developed a dance program for hearing-impaired children."

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