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Young Leaders for Change is all about giving young people the tools to make a positive impact on their community by uncovering local needs and exploring solutions to lead change.

Young Leaders for Change

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Creating future leaders with Family Life

Building leadership skills in young people is essential to creating a future of positive change. Family Life’s Young Leaders for Change helps school-aged individuals identify a local problem and develop solutions to remedy it.

Using a specifically designed curriculum and digital platform, the program places the power of change in the hands of young people.

Who’s it for?

Aimed at young people, we work with local schools and community organisations to implement the program. Family Life’s Young Leaders program is for schools and community groups that:

  • Work with young people
  • Want to empower young people

What is Young Leaders for Change?

The program uses a unique curriculum and digital platform called Map Your World to help empower young people to have a profound impact on their community. It helps them explore issues that matter to them and bring about positive change.

The program is based on the work of a group of young activists from Kolkata, India called the Dare Devils, who work to improve their own neighbourhood.

Participants in the program can expect to:

  • Map their social community and the challenges it faces
  • Track a specific issue through an online survey
  • Change the problem and come up with solutions
  • Share their story locally and internationally

What are the benefits?

The voices of young people are often ignored. Our program helps young people understand that their work and opinions matter.

Young people who participate will benefit in a number of ways, including:

  • Being empowered to make a difference
  • Developing and executing a change project
  • Connecting with other global changemakers
  • Becoming advocates for issues that matter to them

Offering young people a pathway to actions can help them learn new things and set them up for a successful future.

What can young people achieve?

Back in 2015, Family Life piloted Map Your World in Tootgarook Primary School. Located close to Port Phillip’s Foreshores, the school is an important institution to the  southern Mornington Peninsula community.

When the program was piloted, school captains were worried that some of the students attending the school were going without lunch.  They were concerned that this impacted students’ health, their focus and academic performance.

Using digital technology, the captains developed questions and used these to survey their peers to gain an insight into the problem. From the results from the survey, they consulted with the school principal and advocated for a free lunch initiative.

Through the program, these young people identified a problem and used the collective voices of 160 children to make positive change. The school supported volunteers to start the Lunch for Everyone project, helping children across the school get a nutritious lunch once a week.

If you would like to find out more about the Map Your World program, or would like Family Life to support your school or community, contact our Manager of Service Innovation on 0406 382 795.

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