The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Federal Member for Mitchell

The Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum is in its 17th year, having started in 2002. It is a 2½ day live-in program for Year 11 students, based on the values of integrity, service and courage.

Together with Tristan Smith, Acting Chief Executive Officer, we hosted 160 local Year 11 students at the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum at Vision Valley from the 18 – 20 October 2018. The Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum was an amazing success with 14 local high schools participating – the Forum is a significant opportunity for the students to be inspired and encouraged for their future potential in the lead up to their final year of school.

Students participated in team building activities, small group discussions, and community service projects at Aminya Village and McCall Gardens and listened to inspiring talks from Matt Kershaw, Heather Hawkins, Hannah Murray. Eddie Woo and Barnaby Howarth.

I was so impressed with the enthusiasm, energy and commitment of the students and leaders who attended the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum this year. I can’t wait to see the impact they have both on their schools and in the wider community.

The Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum would like to thank its dedicated volunteer committee members and amazing team of leaders, without whom the Forum could not inspire the lives of so many students. These leaders are an exceptional example for the next generation.

We would like to thank our valued sponsors; our major sponsors, Nature’s Sunshine Australia and Castle Towers, and sponsors; PwC, Parker Hannifin and Redeemer Baptist School for their continuing commitment to the future of our student leaders.

I would also like to thank Smiling Bakery, North West Growers, Allan Drew Funerals, the Hills Lodge, LSK Plastics and Swift Consulting for their community support to the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum.

For information visit www.mitchellylf.org.au