The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation’s Youth Leadership Program has been running successfully for six years, with over 500 young people from across Victoria’s west graduating with increased leadership skills, social connection and community experiences. 

Despite the current coronavirus social gathering restrictions, the Foundation is committed to providing young people with positive experiences, and is set to provide this flagship program in a safe and fun online environment.

This year, the program will be delivered across nine local government areas and is designed to engage participants aged between 14 and 16. 

The intensive 12-session program offers unique opportunities for young people to build confidence, make new friends and develop skills that will enable them to become leaders in their community. 

Dedicated to shaping our future leaders, the Foundation supports young people to join a journey to increase self-awareness, social awareness and ultimately community impact.

A key outcome of the program is the Social Impact Project, designed to provide all participants with the opportunity to develop a project to deliver in their local community which focuses on a local or global social cause.

In 2019, the Foundation successfully launched 23 projects, with many of them having incredible impact, including participant Montana Brereton, who recently featured in the Foundation’s Humans of the West series. 

“I raised $7000 to increase awareness of road safety in my local community of Beaufort, and learnt so many new skills and a lot about myself,” Montana said. 

Registrations for this year’s program are open now, and close on Wednesday June 10.  To nominate for the program, click here 

Find out more about the Youth Leadership Project