Motivational speaker Matt Kershaw returned to speak at this year’s Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum in its new virtual format.

Now the Head of Leadership, Development and Culture (ANZ) for Domino’s Pizza Enterprises based in Brisbane, the former Glenhaven resident attended a Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum while in Year 11.

He spoke about his experiences at Friday’s forum (October 16) which was attended by 180 Year 11 students from 13 Hills high Schools.

The program is based on the values of integrity, service and courage. The students participated in a virtual keynote leadership session, team building activities and discussions.

Due to COCID this year’s forum, now in its 19thyear, was beamed into the schools but is normally a three-day event.

Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum 12 Schools Youth Leadership ForumMatt Kershaw’s life changed at the age of 19 after surgeons removed a 17cm tumour from my spine and chest and he decided to “lead my life… my way”.

He was the CEO of a non-for-profit ‘yLead’, and delivered innovative personal development. He climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania 13 times and led expeditions to the summit. He has also led groups across the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.”

Tristan Smith, CEO of the Mitchell Youth Leadership Program, also attended the program as a Year 11 student, said the feedback from the event had been really positive.

“It was a new format for us and was a huge learning curve but the feedback from the schools has been very positive. The highlight every year is the impact on students on the values of the forum, integrity, service and courage which they can take bake to their schools.”

Crestwood High students said the big thing they took away from the event is that: Success is not a moment, it’s a continual journey.”

Alex Hawke Federal Member For Mitchell said: “Thank you to Tristan Smith the CEO of the Mitchell Youth Forum and the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum committee, volunteer leaders, schools, sponsors and keynote speaker Matt Kershaw who all continued to support us with this vision.”

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