A group of local college students are well positioned to take on future leadership roles, thanks to a specific Bay of Plenty Education Trust programme.
The group recently graduated from the Trust's Future Leadership Programme, following a course of workshops spanning two years.
Seventeen senior students graduated – 13 of them from the Western Bay of Plenty, including Millie Elliot, Jake Hynds, Lachlan McBride, Matthew Hall, Maddie Scown, Helena Goldsmith, Kara Crawford-Smith, Hunta Davies, Joy Ackelery, Flynn Kelly, Kane Drake, Parminder Kaur and Claudia Jones.
The programme, facilitated by Phil Laurence, has been developed specifically for the trust, which recognises there is far-reaching value in encouraging and developing leadership skills in young people. During the course the talented students receive instruction, guidance and personal coaching in the art of leadership.
BOP Education Trust chairperson Roger Loveridge says leadership is important in every sector, in every community, and in every country.
“This programme is designed to contribute to the revitalisation of organisations, to the creation of new enterprises, to the renewal of healthy communities, and to greater respect and understanding in the world,” says Roger.
Speaking at the group's final workshop, Roger advised the students to show courage in their commitment, to surround themselves with people who complement their team, to act with honesty and passion and to be themselves.
The students spoke of the opportunity the course offered in terms of self-discovery and development.
BOPET is a charitable organisation that has helped many students develop both their academic and leadership abilities. The trust also awards academic scholarships to all the greater Bay of Plenty colleges and these will be announced at end-of-year school prize-givings. Nominations are called for each year for the Future Leadership programme.