Successful student mentoring program returns for fifth year

Regional Development Australia Central West (RDA) is excited to be hosting their annual TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue – a unique opportunity for ten specially chosen year 11 students to come together with ten community leaders for a fantastic mentorship opportunity.

Students from across Orange, Blayney and Cabonne are invited to submit a written application of up to 300 words outlining why they believe they should be selected to participate in this program.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend a meet & greet event, followed by dinner, with ten local community leaders selected as TEN4TEN mentors for 2024
  • Visit NSW Parliament House in Sydney, where they will be hosted by the State Member for Orange, Phil Donato MP
  • Visit Parliament House in Canberra, where they will be hosted by the Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, MP
  • Attend regular group activities throughout the year.
  • Connect with and be mentored by our inspiring community leaders and innovators.

This year, RDA Central West are making a small change to the successful program, with the ten inspiring mentors to be selected from a pool of interested participants, to best match the career interests of the successful program applicants.

RDA Central West director, Josh Gordon, said the mentors will offer participating students an opportunity to be part of a unique and inspiring experience with these recognisable local leaders.

“This is the fifth time TEN4TEN has run, following four successful years of the mentorship program. The feedback we have received from students and mentors, as well as the schools, parents and wider community, is just fantastic,” said Mr. Gordon.

“Students have the opportunity to learn from and connect with our community leaders through this experience, while also getting a direct insight into what career opportunities are available right here in the Central West.”

This year the program will again welcome the participation of TEN4TEN ambassadors, who will be available for an individual mentoring session with any student that expresses as interest in connecting with them, as well as be involved in several group activities as guest speakers.

Mr. Gordon also explained that there is great value in the program for senior students as they navigate their final two years at high school and consider what opportunities lie ahead after graduation.

“Year 11 is an important year for students and can bring about stress regarding career paths and choices. TEN4TEN offers an additional source of guidance and a new perspective on what paths are available, providing in-person examples that careers are usually never linear, which takes off a lot of pressure,” added Mr. Gordon.

Students are reminded that applications close Monday, 4 March 2024 and can be submitted online via the RDA Central West website at