In March all partners who have made this wonderful program a success year after year, celebrated our proof that a locally owned and driven Community Leadership Program is not only sustainable, but having significant impact on the region.
The program is enabled through support from local and non-local business,, community organisations, Vision21 volunteers and finance, reduced fees by McAllister Leadership,some federal funding through FRRR. What began ink 2014 as a trial of what might be possible, with , at the time, no government support, in a struggling region, has been proven to be not only sustainable but continuing growing in size and scope.
This year, seven places were funded by FRRR to include participants from the North Burnett. This was an inspiring initiative from which we've learnt the value of breaking down the regional boundary, to be more inclusive.
Our second inspiring guest speaker his year , Jan Owen, CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians. Her words have reinforced our commitment to diversity, including a breadth of ages from younger to older. We will, in future, reserve a number of places for young people and continue to learn how to harvest the greatest potential from all our regional citizens.
Jan Owen CEO Foundation for Young Australians
Jan is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia’s youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors.
In 2012 she was named Australia’s inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence; in 2014 she received the Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney; and was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in 2000. She is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014).
Jan is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and YLab, the global youth futures lab. Her lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world. Jan’s enlightening, challenging and entertaining presentations are pragmatic as opposed to idealistic, with the aim of transforming the way society talks about and engages with young people – from treating them as a problem to be solved to recognising that young people are contributing to and driving social change.
Jan Owen is relentlessly optimistic about the capacity and willingness of young people to contribute to and drive change to craft the world they want to live in. With an entrepreneurial streak that sparked early on, Jan credits a teacher with great timing who backed and invested in her. Today, as FYA’s CEO, Jan Owen endeavours to help young Australian’s not just survive, but thrive.
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