This year, twelve Year 10 students participated in Mudgee’s Max Potential leadership development program. Young adults from Mudgee High, Kandos High, Gulgong High and St Matthew’s Catholic School undertook community-based projects and proved that young people should never be underestimated:
Keen to get more children involved in sport, Tim tackled his project with determination and courage as he also overcame the fear of his cancer with the help of his coach and the program. He learned to face his fears and not give up.
Bronte pushed through multiple ‘closed doors’ to create a way for financially disadvantaged young people to still be able to play weekend sport. Believing in the many benefits sport offers young people, she persevered and was instrumental in getting a sporting club to offer individual sponsorships for those who would otherwise not be able afford to run onto the paddock.
Mackenzie discovered through Max Potential the importance of being the change you want to see in the world, and finding answers within yourself. She worked tirelessly to develop an easy-to-use website which was a local community directory for mental health services.
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Piper overcame a fear of public speaking to help her peers with her project on body image. She developed workshops on positive body image, using the transforming butterfly as a symbol for those who struggle with how they look.
With a passion for community and cadets, Nickho aimed to increase awareness of the benefits of being a cadet. His enthusiastic project inspired 12 people to sign up.
Taking her love of art and craft on the road, Ellie realised how much she could achieve and how much she has to offer - using her physical limitations as positives.
Visiting nursing homes, Ellie got to know the residents and show them they’re valued as she helped them do some creative activities.
Taylah doubted her ability to shine, but once she found her positives she became passionate about bringing positivity to others.
She developed a ‘pass on the positivity’ movement in her school and community, handing out cards with positive statements, and encouraging others to pass on positivity cards.
These young adults, with other participants Milla, Holli, Daniel, Fletcher and Chelsea, exemplify the power within us all to reach goals and be catalysts for change.