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Young leaders called on to drive change

David Lee December 14, 2017

GREATER Shepparton Lighthouse is calling on leaders from across the community to step forward to help drive change for young people from ‘conception to career’ in Greater Shepparton.

Beginning in the new year, Lighthouse is aiming to create four ‘collaborative leadership tables,’ which, as well as experts in relevant fields, Lighthouse is asking on leaders and influencers from all walks of life to consider joining the leadership tables including the fields of sport, health, education, business, the community sector, faith organisations, government etc.

Executive officer, Lisa McKenzie said Lighthouse had been operating for three years and in that time had been successful in raising the profile of issues relating to the wellbeing and education of children and young people in the municipality.

“We are now looking to form a coalition of the willing – leaders, experts, influencers are doers to join forces and use their collective will, skills, networks, advocacy, ideas, resources and experience to reshape the future for young people in Greater Shepparton,” Mrs McKenzie said.

“We believe the power to change outcomes exists with the leadership at all levels in our community.”

Mrs McKenzie said the leadership tables will help develop and drive innovation and implementation to support every child to thrive.

The tables will cover four life stages and their transitions including healthy and ready for school, learning and thriving in primary school, learning and thriving in secondary school and launching successfully to work/study.

Mrs McKenzie said Lighthouse was particularly keen to see people come forward who have an appetite for change, had wide and deep knowledge of the local community and the issues impacting on local children.

“We are really asking them to take a fresh look at what it means to be born and raised in Greater Shepparton and the interventions needed to ensure every child has the opportunity to thrive,” Mrs McKenzie said.

“We will then bring the evidence, the resources and the partners together to lead the change we want to see.”

Anyone interested should contact Bella Ainsworth on [email protected] for more information and a simple application form.

Applications close Friday, December 15, 2017.