EMMA Garlett and Dalton McWha were among a key group of young people who executed a fundraising night for metal illness.
Their achievement earned them each a spot on the upcoming John Curtin Leadership Academy (JCLA) program to invoke their leadership potential and commitment to social change within the community.
Earlier this year, the pair oversaw the Unmasked Masquerade Soiree, which raised $5500 to train 10 new volunteers for the Samaritans’ crisis line phone service.
The Samaritans works to provide support on a crisis line for individuals who are experiencing feelings of crisis or distress, including those who may be at risk of suicide.
The JCLA program commences with an intense four-day leadership camp where they explore personal values, learn to work effectively in teams and are pushed to their limits.
At the end of the camp, students are then responsible for working in teams to manage a chosen community project effectively, liaise with their community organisations, negotiate project scopes and deliverables and are supported by their JCLA Mentor, who has previously been through the program.
Throughout the semester they will attend leadership workshops which are aligned with the various stages of the project- allowing theory to be put into practice.