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The Changemakers (Year 9 and 10)

Age Group:
Grades 9 and 10
Number of Students:
up to 300 students
Program Length:
Two day workshop
Core Themes:
Leadership, critical thinking, communication, flexibility, and creating change.
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This program empowers young people to take charge of their leadership potential by first taking charge of their inner emotional landscape. Students reflect on leadership as a practice of service and a mindset for self-growth, understanding the importance of investing in one’s own wellbeing before turning to the service of others. Students are equipped with the confidence, communication skills, and self-awareness to work individually and as a team to create positive change in their schools and communities, and to step into their potential as community leaders. We work with a for-youth, by-youth approach to providing positive role models across a range of careers and fields, broadening young people’s understandings of what they can be and accomplish, and providing a holistic and balanced approach to career advancement as they approach a significant time in their educational journeys.

This program has the following objectives:

  • Allows students to become more aware of the critical role they play in their homes, schools and communities as an influential leader
  • Empowers students to understand and use their influence to create positive change
  • Provides students with a sense of self-confidence to be able to cope with adversity 
  • Encourages students to take ownership of their actions and the good and bad consequences which follow
  • Motivates student to develop health and wellbeing strategies to support a successful lifestyle
  • Explores with students the importance of collaboration and critical thinking
  • Equips students with an understanding of the impact verbal and non-verbal communication has
  • Educates students on their ability to make meaningful change on a personal and community level

All workshops have the following key YLAA outcomes:

  • Students participate in an experiential, learner-centred workshop
  • Small and large group debriefs facilitate building group consensus surrounding which direction students would like the workshop to lead into 
  • A welcoming space of emotional safety and understanding is created, facilitating an environment where students feel comfortable sharing with the group
  • Programs are delivered in with a sustainable approach in mind considering both impact and environment

Additional Note: This program was designed and developed following consultation and recommendations provided by 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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YLAA understands and take the responsibility of delivering high quality, high impact programs very seriously - this is why there is a consultation periods with your school and our team to determine how we can work together to deliver a tailor made program meeting your objectives. Please fill out the form below and one our representatives will give you a call within 48 hours.