RDA Central West’s TEN4TEN mentoring program is back in 2024

Regional Development Australia Central West (RDA Central West) is thrilled to announce that the TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue will once again be hosted in 2024. The program was first introduced by RDA Central West in 2020 with the aim of providing a unique mentoring experience to youth leaders by connecting them with community champions.

The program runs over the course of the school year in the Orange, Blayney, and Cabonne local government areas, and is open to all Year 11 students in these regions. Ten students are selected to participate and are paired with a mentor from various sectors of the community. Through this program, participating students are presented with numerous opportunities and experiences that enable them to connect with community leaders in a way they never have before.

A series of key events are planned throughout the year, and students and mentors also have the flexibility to arrange their own meetings and activities. The program, now in its fifth year, has continued to grow despite being affected by the pandemic in its first two years. The TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue has managed to forge new partnerships, open doors, offer advice and act as both a learning and teaching experience.

RDA Central West director, Josh Gordon said that the ten mentors are drawn from various sectors of the community and, in addition, there are three specially chosen program ambassadors, offering students an extended network and opportunities for broader career exploration.

“The legacy of this program lies in fostering leadership capacity within the Central West, strengthening connections between youth and local industry, as well as highlighting the diverse career and education opportunities available within the region.” said Mr Gordon.

The mentors for the 2024 TEN4TEN program are:

  • Amy van de Ven, Franchisee of Quest Orange
  • Andrew Gee MP, Federal Member for Calare
  • Amy Gormly, General Manager Central NSW Business HQ
  • Charles Henley, Solicitor Blackwell Short Lawyers
  • Joshua Devitt, Chief Engineer Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia and Committee member RDA Central West
  • Peita Mages, Director Clever Cookie Academy
  • Ben Chiarella, Operations Manager Virtual Rural Generalist Service Western NSW Local Health District
  • Dr Jo Braid, the Burnout Recovery Doctor
  • Katie Baddock, Owner/Managing Director Groundstone Pty Ltd
  • Dr Gabi Staniforth, General Practitioner

The 2024 ambassadors are:

  • Reg Kidd, Former Mayor of Orange and Deputy Chair of RDA Central West
  • Phil Donato MP, State Member for Orange
  • Cr Gerald Power, Deputy Mayor Orange City Council and General Manager Indigenous Cultural Adventures

Congratulations to the students participating in the TEN4TEN 2024 mentoring program:

  • Amy Robinson, Orange High School
  • Caitlyn Thew, Orange High School
  • Charlie Nathan, James Sheahan Catholic High School
  • Hayley Stephens, Canowindra High School
  • Isabel Wong, Kinross Wolaroi School
  • Josie Fuller, Orange Anglican Grammar School
  • Lillian Harrison, Canowindra High School
  • Lucinda Clinton, Kinross Wolaroi School
  • Oliver Krause, Kinross Wolaroi School
  • Samuel Bayada, James Sheahan Catholic High School

For more information on the TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue head to www.rdacentralwest.org.au.