Next generation leaders reaping benefits of mentoring
A GROUP of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths are meeting at the Hervey Bay PCYC twice a week and learning to become local leaders.
About 14 students representing seven Fraser Coast schools have been taking part in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Leadership Program.
As part of the program the students meet to talk about school and community issues, and to receive mentoring.
One of the organisers of the program, John Upton, said the program was having some positive effects on the students taking part.
"We have worked on past and present Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander role models and the trials and tribulations that they had to go through to make it an easier path to transition through everyday life," Mr Upton said.
"We had addressed local and community concerns such as social media and lateral violence racism and bullying and what happens in their school day.
"They are taught to value and respect everyone's opinions even if they don't necessarily agree."
Other topics covered include indigenous games and sports and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and diet.
He said as part of the program, two students had also had the opportunity to go to a Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting to observe local leaders and democratic process.
"These children have achieved so much in so short of time," he said.