Vikky Brown, Ken Nakama and Sha-May Ongkili were among five students from the academy who worked for three months redesigning a social space at St Bartholomew�s House.
As part of the St Bart�s Homegrown project, students conducted a survey and held a focus group.
The data was analysed, a proposal and budget put in place and then the students went to work.
JCLA co-ordinator Genevieve Hodge said students benefited from participating in real-life projects.
�The students take ownership and negotiate project scopes and build effective team-work and communication skills which leads to empowerment and growth in confidence, and sense of pride, to be making a positive contribution to the community,� Ms Hodge said.
JCLA is Curtin University�s intensive co-curricular leadership program, delivered through the Curtin Leadership Centre.