Youth leadership program


Applications for our 2024 Youth leadership program have now closed.

The program offers structured leadership sessions, training and interactive activities.

Suitable for young people aged 15 to 22 years who live, work or study in the City of Tea Tree Gully.

About the program

The Youth Leadership Program is for young people aged 15–22 who live, work, or study in the City of Tea Tree Gully.  It aims to boost your confidence, build self-esteem, and spark your inner motivation.  You’ll discover more about yourself and learn practical skills for everyday life, school or work. You will meet like-minded people whilst having lots of fun.

The program, co designed by previous participants,enhances community knowledge and expands your networks. You will gain valuable practical skills to support your journey.  Plus, you’ll even get to be apart of some council events and even plan and deliver one.

Participation in the program is open to everyone, and there are no specific prerequisites or requirements for joining. We welcome individuals from all backgrounds, experiences, and skill levels to join.

What can I expect

In Term 2, you'll explore various topics related to formal and personal leadership. You’ll hear from experts in the field and enjoy talks from guest speakers. You will get to meet and receive support from council staff.  Mentorship from past participants is also part of the deal.  

On occasions, we’ll go on some fun excursions to get to know each other and get out of our comfort zone. 

Towards the end of Term 2 and into Term 3, you'll use your newfound skills to plan the Youth Achievement Awards. This is night where we celebrate local young achievers. 

Expect each week to be different, filled with fun games, activities, and snacks.  You’ll be part of a passionate group of young people working together. By collaborating you can make a big difference in the Tea Tree Gully community.

As leaders of the program, you'll represent young people in the City of Tea Tree Gully. There will be opportunities to have input in decisions that affect young people. You'll get to attend council events and enhance your communication and networking skills.

What are the commitments

The program runs every Tuesday from 4pm to 6.30pm during Term 2 and Term 3.

The program requires a commitment of two and a half hours per week, commencing Term 2. Youth Leaders who complete the course will be recognised for their commitments. There will be a graduation ceremony in October 2024.

It is not mandatory to attend every session. Although most are crucial to complete the program and receive your Graduation Certificate. Missing more than three sessions prompts a call from the Youth Wellbeing Officer. If you discover the program isn't your thing, that's fine. Let us know, so we don't bug you with an annoying phone call.

Program timeline for 2024

Here are some essential dates for your calendar. Life happens, and dates might change or an unexpected opportunity might arise, but we'll keep you informed:

  • Notification date by Friday 26 April
  • Program Intro and team building day – Monday 22 April
  • Program begins – Tuesday 30 April
  • Weekend Excursion Saturday 25 May
  • School Conference – Thursday 9 May
  • Holiday Intensive planning day – Tuesday 9 July
  • School Holiday Excursion – Tuesday 16 July
  • Youth Achievement Awards – Thursday 5 September
  • Program concludes – Tuesday 24 September
  • School Holiday excursion – Tuesday 8 October
  • Graduation – October



The program is free for youth leaders and will be provided with the following:

  • All relevant training and sessions
  • Graduation ceremony event
  • Light catering and refreshments
  • Youth leadership team outings

Location and session times

An intensive team building day will be held at the end of Term 1 2024.

When:  Weekly sessions from 4pm to 6.30pm starts Term 2 until mid-October 2024.
Where:  City of Tea Tree Gully, 571 Montague Road, Modbury

Previous youth leaders have said...

Youth Leadership Program 2023

Montanah joined the program because she loves “getting involved with the community”. She said she “learnt really good public speaking skills” and her highlight “would have to be the youth awards”. To anyone who is thinking of applying, Montanah says “to definitely do it. There are amazing opportunities to get out of your comfort zone and make friends”.

Nicole joined the program to “Meet other young people who would like to motivate others and be a leader in the community”. Nicole’s highlights of the program were event planning and public speaking. She said “this is not something that I had a chance to do in school”. Nicole says to anyone who wants to apply “Go for it! its life changing and absolutely amazing.  Great community and supportive people”.

Ella’s reasons for joining the program were “to gain many experiences. Ella wanted a greater appreciation for culture and current social issues”.  The program taught Ella “to be more socially involved and understanding of different perspectives and people. She build a greater appreciation of her surroundings”. She wants to tell you to “Go for it. It might seem scary at first, but when you look back at the program, you’ll see how far you’ve come”.

Applications for Youth Leadership Program

  • Applications for our 2024 Youth Leadership Program have now closed.
  • You will be advised of the outcome by Friday 26 April 2024.

Applications for our 2025 Youth Leadership Program will open late January 2025.