Amanda Young Foundation camp teaches leadership to students


Year 11s Emily Lennon, Rossie Birt, Michelle Ligovich, Logan de Ruyter-Barnett and Ashleigh Corby. Picture: Jon Hewson d452976
Year 11s Emily Lennon, Rossie Birt, Michelle Ligovich, Logan de Ruyter-Barnett and Ashleigh Corby. Picture: Jon Hewson d452976

YEAR 11 students from around the state have spent the past week at the Amanda Young Foundation’s leadership camp.

Southern River residents Barry and Lorraine Young established the foundation and every year it holds a young leaders camp at Penrhos College, Como.

Mr and Mrs Young formed the Amanda Young Foundation in 1998 six months after their daughter Amanda, a former Penrhos College student, died of meningococcal C at 18.

About 40 students attended the camp with most from Albany, Bunbury, Merredin, Mt Barker, Kalbarri, Geraldton and throughout the metro area.

Mr Young said the foundation hosted the young leaders camp because Amanda was a natural leader.

“We noted the broadening of her horizons and friendship base by partaking in these events and we wanted to provide similar opportunities for Year 11 students on an ongoing basis as part of her legacy,” he said.

Program co-ordinator Mike Borman said it was an intense four days where the students participated in activities from 7am-9pm.

“The big thing is around attitude,” he said.

“A lot of it is around how they can give back to the community. They are all emerging leaders so it is giving them a lot of skills.”

He said all students put their hand up to go to the camp so they were all keen to learn.

Student and camp participant Rosie Birt said the program showed different ways to look at leadership and how many different components there are.

“How everyone needs to contribute and everyone has roles but they are all necessary,” she said.

“There is lots of different people; there are people I can relate with and people who I don’t relate with as well but I still get along with well and we are learning about that.”

Learn more about the Amanda Young Foundation.