Service, Integrity & Courage
13-15 October 2022
The Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum is a two-and-a-half-day live-in program for Year 11 students who reside in or nearby the Mitchell Electorate. Students are generally nominated by their schools and the program is strongly based around the values of service to others, integrity and courage.
The Forum is a chance for Year 11 students to come together and share thoughts and ideas on how to be great, inspirational leaders in their schools. At the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum you will experience the wise knowledge of exceptional leaders and speakers, as they share their personal stories and secrets about what it is to be a great leader each and every day.
After the past two years with restrictions due to COVID-19, it was great to be back to the 2 ½ day format at the new venue at Yarramundi. The Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum was an amazing success with 150 students from 16 local high schools involved – 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.
Report by Alex Hawke MP
Federal Member for Mitchell
The Federal Member for Mitchell, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, together with Tristan Smith, Chief Executive Officer, hosted 150 local students at the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum at YMCA – Yarramundi from the 15-15 October 2022.
“After the past two years with restrictions due to COVID-19, it was great to be back to the two- and half-day format at the new venue at Yarramundi.
“The Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum was an amazing success with 150 students from 16 local high schools involved – 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.
“I pay tribute to the Principals for without their strong support the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum would not be as successful as it is each year, said Alex Hawke.
The Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum is in its 21st 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.
Students participated in team building activities, small group discussions, and a community service project at Aminya Village and McCall Gardens and listened to inspiring talks from Shane Fitzsimmons AO AFSM, Katie Captain, Matt Kershaw, and Barnaby Howarth.
“The community service project is a great opportunity for students to exemplify the value of service during this part of the Forum, said Alex Hawke.
"The students who attended brought an immeasurable amount of energy, enthusiasm and passion to the Forum. It was incredible to watch their growth throughout the forum and I can’t wait to follow their success back at their schools and within our wider community.
“I would like to thank our devoted volunteer team consisting of over 70 leaders and committee members who work tirelessly throughout the year and over the two and a half days to support these students. Their passion and dedication in developing the next generation of leaders is nothing short of admirable and the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum would not be possible without them. These leaders are exceptional examples for the students and display the forum’s values of service, integrity and courage throughout their daily lives”, said Tristan Smith, CEO of Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum.
“We would like to thank our valued sponsors; major sponsors, Nature’s Sunshine Australia and Castle Towers, and sponsors; AMICUS, School Bytes, Redeemer Baptist School and The Hills Lodge for their continuing commitment to the future of our student leaders.
“I would also like to thank Smiling Bakery, North West Growers, and Swift Consulting for their community support to the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum.
“The continuing sponsorship from these businesses is integral to the success of the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum,” concluded Alex Hawke.
20 Years Anniversary Celebration
A much anticipated celebration was held on 20th July, 2022 at Castle Hill RSL with about 100 past and present leaders, speakers, school principals and sponsors.