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Youth Leadership in the Glenelg Shire

2017 Western Bulldogs Leadership Program

Nominations for the Glenelg Shire Western Bulldogs Leadership Program are open from Tuesday 7 February until Friday 3 March 2017.

To be eligible to apply you must be a Glenelg Shire resident, age 16 and under as of 1 January 2017 and enrolled in Years 9 or 10 or equivalent. You do not have to excel athletically or play a sport to be involved in the program, we are looking for motivated community minded young people who want to develop their leadership skills.

To self-nominate or to nominate a young person please click HERE and complete the online application form. Selection of participants is based on the information provided in the application so please provide as much detail as possible to ensure the best chance of being selected for the program.

For further information please contact Cathryn Walder, Youth Development Officer, on 03 5522 2137 or email

The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program

Glenelg Shire Council became the first regional council to partner with the Western Bulldogs Leadership Program in 2014 with 12 workshops delivered at sites across the Shire as well as two weekend camps in Melbourne.

The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program is an initiative of the Western Bulldogs Football Club in collaboration with five local councils (Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton and Moonee Valley), one regional council (Glenelg Shire), AFL, AFL Victoria, Netball Victoria, CDC Victoria, Sport and Recreation Victoria, Victoria University and the Western Region Football League.

Using sport as a vehicle, The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program capitalises on the educational resources (community partnerships, facilities, players, coaches, staff) available at the Western Bulldogs and its partner agencies to provide a unique capacity building program designed to inspire and educate the next generation of community leaders in Victoria’s western region by providing selected young leaders with high value experiential leadership opportunities.

The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program partners with organisations and agencies from a broad range of sectors (education, sport, health, youth and community) to provide young leaders with a variety of leadership and life perspectives and experiences.

Opportunities for the young people to connect with their Council and community are provided through Council facilitated sessions and completion of a Community Leadership Project, an initiative designed to develop the young people’s social awareness and project management skills.

The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program caters for 16 male and female Year 9 and 10 students, who embark on a seven month enrichment program.

Through participation in The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program , Young Leaders receive nationally recognised coaching qualifications from AFL and Netball Victoria, attend Western Bulldogs and Melbourne Vixens matches, attend workshops facilitated by high profile guest speakers, connect with their local council and community and develop lifelong skills.

Nominations for The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program open in February each year and young people are selected based on the strength of their application and responses to the key selection criteria.

Although The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program does involve participation in physical activity, sporting ability is not considered in the selection process. The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program is a community focussed initiative designed to attract young leaders who possess a keen interest to develop personal and professional qualities.

If you would like more information on The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program , please call Cathryn Walder on (03) 5522 2137 or email or visit

The Whitten Project Young Leaders for 2016

Schools represented include Bayview College, Heywood and District Secondary College, Portland Secondary College and Casterton Secondary College, with students coming from Portland, Heywood, Gorae, Casterton, Drik Drik and Milltown.

Participants selected for the 2016 The Whitten Project were:

Paul Proctor
James Pratt
Sidney Dent
Alyssa Humphries
Reggina Blurton
Chloe Booth
Jaymie Falconer
Connor Kelly
Baxter Hollis
Claudia Gill
Liam Sheahan
Prentice Ropitini
Thomas Foster
Gracie Drummond
Oliver Marshall

The Whitten Project Young Leaders 2014
Whitten Project Young Leaders 2015
Whitten Project YL 2015
The Whitten Project Young Leaders 2016
The Whitten Project YL 2016
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