Amanda Young leadership camp tackles current issues at Penrhos

Amanda Young Leadership camp participants Logan Dillon, Iyanuoluwa Adebayo, Hannah Lindsay, Montanna Godsell, Jamie Attree with Greenbatch education co-ordinator Rachael Hughes.
Amanda Young Leadership camp participants Logan Dillon, Iyanuoluwa Adebayo, Hannah Lindsay, Montanna Godsell, Jamie Attree with Greenbatch education co-ordinator Rachael Hughes.

BUILDING leadership skills and critical thinking has been the unchanged goal for The Amanda Young Foundation leadership camp, which has operated for almost 20 years.

The Amanda Young Foundation was set up by Lorraine and Barry Young after their daughter Amanda died from meningococcal in 1997.

Mr Young said about 800 students had since gone through the leadership camp.

“This year there’s 42 students from 21 different schools; some come from Geraldton and Mt Barker,” he said.

“Because the program has been so effective, we have done the same as previous years, like building leadership skills, communication, stress management, team building and life balance.”

This year’s camp was held over four days at Penrhos College in Como and included a talk by Greenbatch, a plastic recycling facility.

Greenbatch education co-ordinator Rachael Hughes said it was important for young people in the leadership camp to feel empowered to make a difference.

“I really wanted them to appreciate the problem with waste plastic, but also the process that we can use to find solutions to problems, including 21st century skills of critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration,” she said.