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AUSTRALIA'S #1 FOR-YOUTH-BY-YOUTH SCHOOL LEADERSHIP PROVIDER

Youth Leadership Academy Australia.

Inspiring, strengthening and empowering our future leaders.

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"Young people, when informed and empowered, when they realize that what they do truly makes a difference, can indeed change the world."

- Jane Goodall

"Creating meaningful change” was one of many inspiring messages embraced by our Student Leaders at the YLAA Conference in 2022. Dynamic yet humble, the speakers this year demonstrated that one person really can make a difference in this world, and that age is no barrier to achieving the extraordinary. This conference enabled our students to ignite their passion for leadership and was an outstanding reminder that opportunities abound, and it is up to them to make the most of what is in front of them. We cannot wait to include our Student Leaders in future conferences and encourage all schools to invest in their leaders by providing them with the opportunity to attend.

Amy
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Student Leadership Coordinator

YLAA's Conference was so well planned and delivered, challenging students to reflect on their own style of leadership and skills along the way such as public speaking and the importance of mindset in setting achievable goals. The Changemaker Panel was incredible - inspiring students through such exceptional examples of achieving and having that chance for students to ask questions to other youth on their leadership journeys was incredibly beneficial. Our students come back to school with not only motivation but the tools to turn a thought into a program benefiting our community.

Catherine
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Head of Student Leadership

That conference was fantastic. The students loved it and grew from the experience. Due to COVID-19 I attended the hybrid session on a big screen in our Conference Room with our Head Girl and Boy. They were completely immersed as if they were there. They both commented at the end that they had learned a lot and felt confident about what they had learned.

Susan
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Deputy Principal

You guys are only a few years older than our students. I felt like this event gave them hope that they, too can change lives - just like you!! The young ages and stories of your presenters were inspiring. I feel they relate well to the students.

Danelle
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Year 12 Student Support Officer

After attending the event, I feel that my student team will thrive this year. The event was very well managed and very organised. The students found the event very inspirational and now have set many future goals for themselves. The guest speakers were inspirational and have achieved so much in such young years.

Anne
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Senior Leader: Wellbeing and Inclusion

The conference was an excellent experience and YLAA shared some excellent examples, tips and leadership skills. The conference was over the top professional which helped the children feel comfortable. It was overall a really fun day for both students and staff. Thank you!

Lucy
,
Senior Leader

The conference was very practical and provided many simple skills that our students will be able to implement in the future. The vibes were great and I liked how the presenters made students feel comfortable to speak with them and sought students out during breaks. The day was aimed at the age group very well and the speakers were engaging and inspiring.

Tiffany
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Senior Deputy Principal

This was one of the best leadership days I have ever been to with our students. We all learned different things and all can bring them to the table when making our school a better place. It inspired us in different and similar ways that all enjoyed, students loved it and were excited to go to school to see what we can implement.

Annie
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Student Leadership and SRC Coordinator

I loved seeing how enthusiastic my students were after the conference. They spoke all about their ideas on the train back home. They invited one of the guest speakers from the conference to our school and continued to make the reference of the conference throughout the year. It is most definitely a conference that will ignite a fire in your student leadership team

Nina Rihani
,
Secondary Coordinator

Greenacre Baptist Christian Community School

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YLAA Program Portfolio

Discovery of Resilience & Leadership (Year 5 & 6)

This workshop provides primary school students with the opportunity to explore and discover their role as leaders in society, through an experiential, learner-centred approach.

Core Themes: 

Leadership, Resilience, Flexibility, Wellbeing Identity, Community

Program Group: 

Grades 5 and 6

Program Length: 

Half to full-day workshop

Number of Students: 

up to 100 students

Redefining Leadership (Year 7 and 8)

This workshop challenges traditional notions of leadership, shifting focus from leadership as ego, to leadership as a practice of service and as a mindset for personal growth.

Core Themes: 

Leadership, resilience, flexibility goal setting, collaboration

Program Group: 

Grades 7 and 8

Program Length: 

Half to full-day workshop

Number of Students: 

up to 300 students

The Changemakers (Year 9 and 10)

This program empowers young people to take charge of their leadership potential by first taking charge of their inner emotional landscape.

Core Themes: 

Leadership, critical thinking, communication, flexibility, and creating change.

Program Group: 

Grades 9 and 10

Program Length: 

Two day workshop

Number of Students: 

up to 300 students

The Influencers (Year 9 and 10)

This workshop builds students’ awareness of their power to be positive role models and change agents in their community, and equips them with the confidence, communication skills, and self-awareness to take charge of their mindset and have a positive influence on those around them.

Core Themes: 

Leadership, social media, relationships, wellbeing and boundaries

Program Group: 

Grades 9 and 10

Program Length: 

Half to full-day workshop

Number of Students: 

up to 300 students

Leadership Academy (Year 11 and 12)

This workshop aims to tackle the challenges, burdens, and insecurities that young people feel hold them back in their transition to adulthood.

Core Themes: 

Leadership, integrity, collaboration and community

Program Group: 

Grades 11 and 12

Program Length: 

Half to full-day workshop

Number of Students: 

up to 300 students

Student Leaders Workshop (SRC)

This one-day workshop enhances student leadership groups’ capacity for developing and implementing positive tools for change in their schools and communities.

Core Themes: 

Leadership, collaboration, community, and adaptability

Program Group: 

Student Leadership Body / Youth Council

Program Length: 

Full-day workshop

Number of Students: 

Up to 50 students

Tools & resources for students, parents & educators

7 Tips for the Start of Year 12

by Wil Massara on 9th Nov 2021
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8 Tips for the Start of Year 11

by Wil Massara on 9th Nov 2021
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9 Tips for the Start of Year 10

by Wil Massara on 9th Nov 2021
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Students impacted

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Schools supported

94.1%

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YLAA partners with impactful organisations around Australia to support and deliver programs and events around Australia. With the support of our partners we continue to educate, equip and empower young people with the skills to lead themselves, your schools and our communities across Australia.

As YLAA moves to a social enterprise over the next 12 months, we are now on the lookout for innovative, future focused organisations who are committed to building up the next generation of leaders and building a future we can all look forward too.

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