Youth learning to maximise the right principles
21 October 2016
22 weeks ago 13 young adults from local schools began their Max Potential journey and on Wednesday the 20th October, they finally saw a culmination of all their hard work at their Canterbury-Bankstown Showcase.
Thanks to a $20,000 donation from Canterbury League Club, students from Beverly Hills Girls High School, Condell Park High School, Canterbury Boys High School and Kingsgrove North High School successfully navigated their way through the youth leadership development program which challenges them to realise their potential by encouraging individual growth and a healthy attitude to life.
“Young adults inevitably faced many challenges throughout the program – the most common of these is balancing their time between school, work, extracurricular activities, exams and all the ‘life stuff’ that jumps up and tries to get in their way. The principles they learn throughout the program come into play when obstacles pop in front of them and when applied diligently, are enormously helpful in assisting them to keep moving towards their goals,” said Brent Williams, Program Manager for the Canterbury-Bankstown Max Potential program.
One of the major components of the program is encouraging participants to run a community service project which is later displayed at the Showcase. Some of the projects that ran this year include assisting young people from culturally diverse backgrounds assimilate into the community, a toy drive for underprivileged children, raising awareness about social inclusion for marginalised groups, providing career information for people interested in the tech world, and volunteering to a local nursing home providing social contact and enjoyment for its residents.
“Max Potential benefits the community by providing young people with the skills of personal leadership. Through invaluable coaching from community leaders, these wonderful young adults not only develop great time management, goal setting and life balance skills, but they leave a legacy, no matter how big or small, to the community in which they live,” said Brent.
“These young adults are our community’s future leaders and programs like Max Potential help expose participants to what’s happening outside of their own bubble and set them on the path of creating brighter communities for everyone,” said Dr George Peponis OAM, Chairman of Canterbury League Club.