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Shining the spotlight on Wodonga’s young leaders

Shining the spotlight on Wodonga’s young leaders

Applications for Wodonga Council’s 2017 Youth Leadership Program (YLP) are now open, with all 18 to 24 year-olds who work, live or study in Wodonga encouraged to apply. 

Now in its ninth year, the YLP provides an opportunity for developing leaders to be mentored by some of the city’s best - as well as through skills sessions, guest speakers and training opportunities.

Wodonga Council Team Leader Youth Services Rachel Habgood said the six-month program is perfect for those passionate about creating positive change in our community.

“The program provides opportunities to develop the leadership skills of participants, focusing on areas such as decision-making, effective communication, project management and more,” she said.

Commencing in May with a compulsory four-day opening retreat, the YLP offers a fantastic opportunity for personal development, and for youth to network, learn and flourish in a supported environment.

“We create an individual development plan for each participant, involving one-on-one mentoring and immersing them in community projects,” Ms Habgood said.

“The program also includes a two-night trip to Melbourne to listen to speakers that the group would not otherwise have access to, and is a real highlight for many.”

Former YLP participant Liam Shay joined the program to be engaged with the wider community and graduated with a passion to encourage more youth to be involved.

The 2015 Wodonga Young Citizen of the Year said the program strengthened his passion for community welfare, and taught him how pivotal community involvement is for our city.

Over its lifetime, the YLP has been a turning point for graduates in how they viewed themselves and their place in the community.

Applications for the 2017 Wodonga Youth Leadership Program will close at 5pm Friday, March 31. For more information or to submit an application, visit

Last updated: 10-03-2017

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