Jamie-Lee Peters, Jess Smith, Jackson Auld, Tayla Bentley and Hannah Miller at the Fraser Coast Youth Leadership Forum.
Jamie-Lee Peters, Jess Smith, Jackson Auld, Tayla Bentley and Hannah Miller at the Fraser Coast Youth Leadership Forum. Stephanie Kay

Young minds lead the way with inspiring think tank

THE Fraser Coast's best and brightest young leaders have spent a day together brainstorming about how to provide a better future for youth in the Fraser Coast.

More than 80 youngsters attended the Fraser Coast Youth Leadership Forum at the Brolga Theatre on Monday.

Brisbane youth leadership company y-Lead facilitated the workshop.

"Our mission is to empower young people with skills and tools to lead positive lives," Matt Kershaw, y-Lead CEO said.

Participants discussed and think-tanked solutions to improve the lives of young people in the region. Hot topics included health and wellbeing, employment, talent retention and youth activities.

Jamie-Lee Peters from the Headspace Hervey Bay youth reference group said she came along to learn more about leadership.

"It's great, heaps of fun," she said.

"It's been really good to get in touch with other leaders on the Fraser Coast."

Jamie-Lee said good mental health was an important issue to young people.

"I think not many people know to ask for help and getting help is okay," she said.

Melissa Dower, senior youth and community development officer at the Fraser Coast Regional Council said the day was all about leading, inspiring and motivating.

"It's also about these young people identifying other young leaders," she said.

Melissa said while the majority of attendees were high school leaders, there were also trainees, musicians and youth advisory members.

Fraser Coast Regional councillor George Seymour said participants were handpicked to attend.

"Council has partnered with y-Lead to create an interactive, empowering experience that aims to better prepare the participants for their future endeavours, be that tertiary education, entering the workforce or perhaps even politics," he said.

He said he hoped the forum inspired young people to serve their community and really make a difference.



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