Northern suburbs students becoming better leaders through Curtin University John Curtin Leadership Academy


Curtin University leadership academy students Mitchell Bruce (Woodvale) and Caitlin Ford (Madeley). Picture: Martin Kennealey d473565
Curtin University leadership academy students Mitchell Bruce (Woodvale) and Caitlin Ford (Madeley). Picture: Martin Kennealey d473565

THREE local students have been spending the university semester learning how to be leaders while contributing to the community.

Curtin University’s John Curtin Leadership Academy aims to develop future leaders with community values and entrepreneurial spirit.

Madeley resident Caitlin Ford, Woodvale resident Mitchell Bruce and Kurt Charlton, of Heathridge, joined the group of 30 undergraduate students selected for their leadership potential and commitment to social change in the community.

The program started with a four-day leadership camp where they explored personal values and learnt to work effectively in teams.

Then students work in teams to manage chosen projects, liaising with their community organisations and negotiating project scopes while supported by a mentor and attending leadership workshops.

Ms Ford is working with Cystic Fibrosis WA to create a Big Bounce awareness and fundraising event to highlight there is never a day off from the exercise and physical therapy regime for children and adults living with cystic fibrosis.

Mr Bruce’s team is planning a beach themed event for melanomaWA to promote awareness and the importance of early detection of skin cancer, with an emphasis on a younger demographic.

And Mr Charlton is working with children’s education organisation Teach Learn Grow in a bid to raise awareness of educational disparity in WA and increase volunteer recruitment programs.

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