A LEADERSHIP DIALOGUE
Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central West is excited to continue the TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue in 2021 and connect ten selected Year 11 students with ten local community leaders for a unique mentoring experience.
The Central West is home to a high calibre of leaders and mentoring plays a major role in fostering the next generation of young leaders in our community.
The TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue was a great success in 2020 and forged new partnerships, opened doors and provided an insight into the countless opportunities that are available in regional New South Wales and more specifically – right here in the Central West.
Successful applicants will have the opportunity to take part in the following:
- Attend the program launch and dinner in mid-April and participate in the speed networking activity with all mentors;
- Afternoon tea at Orange City Council Chambers with Mentor and Mayor, Reg Kidd;
- Visit Parliament of NSW in Sydney, hosted by Mentor and Member for Orange, Phil Donato;
- Visit Parliament of Australia in Canberra, hosted by Mentor and Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee;
- Attend the end of program breakfast and presentation in November; and
- Take part in additional events that will be organised throughout the duration of the program.
Andrew Gee MP
Phil Donato MP
BREAKFAST AT THE HIVE
The students and mentors gathered at Hive Orange to mark the end of the TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue.
Together we celebrated with breakfast and marked the milestone with the presentation of certificates.
This was the second year the TEN4TEN program has been running in Orange, Blayney and Cabonne and we had another fantastic group of students and mentors.
The students have demonstrated patience, understanding and resilience as we navigated the challenges of the year and the impact this had on the program. They have been wonderful ambassadors of their school and community.
RDA Central West would also like to thank the mentors involved in the program this year for their time, commitment and contribution which was greatly valued by their mentees.
The future of the Central West is bright and in great hands!
AFTERNOON TEA WITH ANDREW GEE MP
TEN4TEN Mentor and Federal Member for Calare, the Hon. Andrew Gee MP was set to host the TEN4TEN students at Australian Parliament House in Canberra this year but unfortunately due to COVID-19, the trip wasn’t able to go ahead as planned.
The students did however, enjoy afternoon tea with the local member and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel at his Orange Electorate Office.
Minister Gee and the students discussed a range of topics, the world of politics, issues affecting regional communities and how COVID-19 has changed the way we work and study.
The students are wonderful ambassadors of their school and future young leaders!
TEN4TEN TOUR CSU ORANGE
The students participating in the TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue had the opportunity to tour the Charles Sturt University Orange Campus and were joined by TEN4TEN Mentor, and Director of External Engagement (Bathurst and Orange), Julia Andrews.
The tour at Charles Sturt gave students first-hand insights into some of the University’s newest teaching facilities, including the Charles Sturt School of Rural Medicine, School of Dentistry and Medical Sciences, the School of Allied Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences, and concluded with a walk-through of the residential area.
It was the first time the students had the opportunity to visit a university campus, and it was made an even more exciting opportunity as they begin to consider further study options after high school.
TEN4TEN STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT LOCAL GOVERNMENT CAREERS
The students recently attended an afternoon tea to hear from local government staff from Orange City Council, Cabonne Council and Blayney Shire Council.
The students learnt more about the professional journey’s and roles of Orange City Council Mayor Reg Kidd, CEO David Waddell and Manager of Corporate and Community Relations, Nick Redmond. They also heard from Bradley Byrnes, General Manager of Cabonne Council and Megan Rodd, Manager of Tourism and Communications at Blayney Shire Council.
The students not only discovered more about the different aspects of local government, but were encouraged to keep an open mind and have a go as they enter their final years at school and consider life after Year 12.
TEN4TEN Launch and Dinner
Morning Tea with Hon. Bronnie Taylor MLC
The 2020 and 2021 TEN4TEN students recently met with Hon. Bronnie Taylor MLC, Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women as the program gets underway for a second year.
The morning tea, held during NSW Youth Week, was a fantastic chance for the students to learn about Minister Taylor’s career journey and what is happening in the Regional Youth portfolio.
Minister Taylor also heard from the students who took part in the program in 2020 and what they learnt, as well as the new students and what they hope to achieve over the course of the program.
The morning tea was the first event held as part of the 2021 TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue, which received $4,000 in funding from the NSW Government to support the delivery of the program.
Minister Taylor wished this year’s participants the best of luck as they commenced the program, and encouraged all of the students to pursue something they love as they enter Year 11 and Year 12 and consider life after school.
Meet the Mentors
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