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MEDIA RELEASE - Youth leadership program to cease

Tuesday 24 September 2019

The Western Bulldogs Leadership Project will cease in the Glenelg Shire in 2020 to focus on internally led youth development programs.

The project, which is an initiative of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation focused on developing future leaders in Western Victoria, has operated in the shire since 2014 supporting a total of 98 local secondary students.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said a change in strategic direction at council, including the recruitment of additional staff in recent months, had led to the decision.

“This leadership program has been of great benefit to the community for the past six years, developing leadership skills, confidence, and friendships for these young leaders,” Cr Rank said.

“There have been some truly great outcomes for participants over this time, however the ongoing sustainability of the program is no longer feasible for council.

“Our team identified that the program no longer aligned with the future direction of youth development in the Glenelg Shire.

“Our team will instead focus its time and resources to increase the capacities of other youth programs including the Glenelg Live4Life initiative, the Future Leaders of Industry Program and Youth Advisory Group.

The youth development team will also investigate opportunities for a youth focused school holiday program.

“Going forward, council wants to ensure that youth development programs can reach more young people across the shire, offering more meaningful opportunities to grow and develop youth leadership potential.”

Cr Rank praised the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation partnership thanking its hard-working and diligent coordinators for their leadership and mentorship of participants.

“I am confident that this program will continue to deliver positive outcomes for other regional communities into the future, as it has done for our fortunate young leaders over the past six years,” she said.

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