Youth Leadership In Action in Nelson Bay

Ambassadors Natasha Schonig-Jenkinson and Taofeekot Kareem, with Rotarian Megan Hayne, at the Bunnings barbecue at Taylors Beach.
Ambassadors Natasha Schonig-Jenkinson and Taofeekot Kareem, with Rotarian Megan Hayne, at the Bunnings barbecue at Taylors Beach.

 

AMBASSADORS from Tomaree High School are undergoing a leadership program with the Real Futures Foundation.

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The program looks at various training workshops, fundraising and participation in events such as the recent Careers Expo at Tomaree High School.

Youth Ambassadors have been working with community leaders and humanitarians Rotary to raise funds for programs which help our most at risk students.

Youth ambassadors will also have the opportunity to step up outside the schools system to participate in other arenas representing youth.

The Tomaree High School students are currently delivering the Breakfast Club at the school which operates each Wednesday and allows the ambassadors and staff to identify students who may need additional assistance.

The Breakfast Club is supported by Valley Homes and Woolworths at Nelson Bay so it is a real collaboration for students’ welfare.

This week the ambassadors assisted Rotary in staffing a Bunnings barbecue, working side by side and learning along the way.

Bob Westbury the Foundation’s Deputy Chairman told News Of The Area, “It’s great for our ambassadors to mix with the community organisations that support the foundation.”

“Our youth need to be exposed to different social settings, it helps to prepare them for life.”

“Starting out in life as people who give to those less fortunate is a wonderful grounding for any young person,” he said.

Salamander Bay Rotary Club works with the Ambassadors at Bunnings barbecues a few times a year.

It’s a great opportunity for Rotary and the High School, with a strong mutual respect being built through a shared experience.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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