SWB Leadership Programs inspires youth

Sports Without Borders delivered the first in its Leadership programs at Dandenong High School on Friday 2nd September. 

The Centre For Multicultural Youth (CMY) ran the first day of the Sports Without Border’s Young Leadership Program with students from Dandenong High School and Cranbourne Secondary College. The thirty students, from various cultural backgrounds, were selected by the schools, City of Greater Dandenong and the City of Casey on the basis of their leadership skills both at school and in the community.

The Leadership Training Program is targeted at building young people’s leadership and event management skills. The first session addressed Leadership and Team Building through activities and reflection based on the students’ personal experiences.

Young people in each group were asked to design a Team Charter, a set of ground rules agreed to by their group to ensure that they work respectfully with each other. The rules were written on a soccer ball, to be added to as the training progress and new issues arise.

Students also reflected on what makes an effective communicator, how to communicate a message clearly and why this was an important leadership skill.

Week two of training addressed event management and conflict resolution, and the third week will help student plan their event and how to promote it with the media.

City of Greater Dandenong Youth Services, represented by Sunil Menon are working in collaboration with City of Casey Youth Services, Dandenong High School, Cranbourne Secondary, CMY, Youthworks and Sports Without Borders on this sport and leadership pilot program, and are excited about the potential outcomes. 

“A great feature of the program is that not only are we building young peoples leadership and development skills, we are also promoting the long term benefits of physical activity by assisting them to join existing sports clubs within the municipality," Menon said.

It is expected that after completing the program the students will have the ability to put together an event by themselves, and apply to Sports Without Borders to have it funded.

SWB Executive Chairman, James Demetriou said: “The key to the program is participation in the event and sustainability via direct grants. This will help young newly arrived people get involved in structured sports and in particular to feel socially included.”


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