Perseverance - Social Intelligence - Leadership
There is a group of 5 current and ex Burmese students at Ringwood Secondary who have taken on board leadership roles in both the school and their own communities. Two of the students are currently studying there but the other 3 are past students who are now attending Universities. They give up their time to provide positive role models and key messages to young people from other cultures to assist them in their own jouneys'. Recently local Police Youth Resource Officers in conjunction with Maroondah City Council Youth Services and EACH facilitated a one day program for young students from the Burmese communities. The program was designed to promote safety, community awareness, good decision making and leadership. The 5 young leaders actively participated in discussion and workshops and the young participants were able to provide some amazing incites and opinions into youth culture and the community. I don't think this would have happened without the support and contribution from the young leaders. They were also asked on the day if they would stand up and tell their own stories about adolescence and how they became young leaders. Their presentations were inspirational, motivational and had a big impact on the young people and was definitely the highlight of the day. Maroondah should be very proud of these young leaders and the other young participants on the program. Sometimes multi cultural communities can be very insular so young role models from within are even more relevant and important to ensure the right questions, information and messages are getting through.