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Monday, March 28, 2022

Welcome to LeaderUp 2022!


Jae Brieffies

Student Engagement Officer

Hi there!

Jae here, from Youth Leadership Academy Australia. First of all, we wanted to thank you for attending our State Youth Leadership Conference in the last month, whichever city you attended in. Tour month is always the highlight of our year here at YLAA - because we get to meet you all, be inspired by your excellence, and actually see everything we work for come to light. Thank you for being the reason we do what we do. 

Second of all, if you’re getting this email, you’ve already registered your interest in jumping on board LeaderUp, our post-event program designed to level you up as leaders and innovators in your community. 

This program will take you through all the skills you need to create a project that will make a genuine change in the world around you. Expect 10 weeks of classes which will teach you how to solve problems in your school, create cool advertising campaigns for your project, speak to important people who can help you along the way, and get your project up and running in your community. Get excited! Here are the details:

🌟 Classes will run from 8pm AEST (check what time this is in your city) each Wednesday, starting from April 13th, for 10 weeks. So our first session is April 13, 8pm AEST! Schedule this one in, and we’ll send out a Zoom link ahead of time. 

🌟 All sessions will be an hour long, and will take place via Zoom, so you can join from wherever you are. If you are ready to level up as a leader and start making change in your school through a project of your own, you can’t miss these sessions - they are going to be so valuable. 

🌟To keep up to date with the community and updates from LeaderUp as we move through the program, you can join our Facebook Group here - don’t worry if you don’t have Facebook or don’t want to join the group, though, as we’ll be communicating all important announcements through email. 

What can you expect from LeaderUp? At its core, the program is designed to put the power back in your hands, to identify and solve a problem in your community by creating an exciting, innovative project that you get to call your own. If you’ve ever had a good idea for tackling a systemic issue you’ve observed in the world around you, but haven’t known where or how to start, then this program will be perfect for you. Even if you haven’t, but you want to start making meaningful change in your community, then this will be the right space for you to start exploring your ideas, too. 

Each week, we’ll work on a different skillset or element of a project - helping you to understand how to design your idea, find funding, get others on board, and take it from inspiration to execution. You can check out what some alumni of the program from last year got up to here. We’re so excited to hear some of the ideas and projects that this year’s cohort will come up with, too, and we can’t wait to see the impact you will have on your communities.

If you ever have any questions about the program, feel free to email me at I’ll be very happy to answer any questions, or give you a hand wherever necessary. 

We are so looking forward to having you on the LeaderUp team, and we can’t wait to see what you all accomplish - until then, we’ll see you on April 13!


Jae Brieffies

Student Engagement Officer

Youth Leadership Academy Australia


m: 0498 506 155


a: PO Box 1205, Bunbury 6231

I wish to respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where I live, work and study, the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people, and pay my respects to their Elders past, present and future. I acknowledge I am living on stolen ground and that sovereignty was never ceded.

Additional Note: This article was written by,

Jae Brieffies

. This author is a member of YLAA's Youth Advisory Board. As our organisation continues to evolve, we want to make sure that we continue to represent and empower the voices of youth in their own affairs, that’s why we have created our first Youth Advisory Board - not only to ensure that our students’ interests are at the core of every aspect of our organisation, but also to give the young people we serve the opportunity to develop themselves personally, whilst contributing to our mission of ensuring a sustainable future for all youth.

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