Garden a homegrown success story

Cassandra Simmonds and Sha-May Ongkili show JCLA co-ordinator Genevieve Hodge the community garden they created.
Cassandra Simmonds and Sha-May Ongkili show JCLA co-ordinator Genevieve Hodge the community garden they created.

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.