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    Hands Up for Indigenous Youth Leadership Program

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth of our region are being encouraged to put their hands up for the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.

    “The program brings together up to 40 young people from rural, remote and metro areas across the state to participate in a six-day residential program in Brisbane,” said a Council spokeswoman.

    “The program is an amazing opportunity for young Indigenous people to learn new leadership skills with the potential to influence change in their communities and embrace the chance to become future community leaders.

    “I strongly urge young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tablelanders 18–25 years to apply,” she said.

    Sharee Andrews, a Tablelands Regional Council employee, took part in the program last year and said it was the “deadset best week of her life”.

    “The workshops showed us how to grow and develop leadership skills and confidence, and how to express culture … all with likeminded youth.

    “It was great to be able to speak about our culture, community and youth to a larger audience and discuss ideas

    “There were huge cultural learnings with tea and bush tucker, and we got to meet and yarn with ministers, Elders, company managers and CEOs.

    “On the last day we did a mock debate in parliament with speech writing help from current members of parliament.

    “I loved the green room in parliament with its incredible real gold details, and the library with old pig skin book covers.

    “I’m still in touch with lots of the participants and the whole opportunity has opened up so many new networks for me.

    “I’m super excited and honoured to have been invited to return this year as a mentor and I’m looking forward to helping the 2020 participants on this walk of self-development.

    “It would be great to be able to share the experience with other Tablelanders and I really encourage young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in our community to apply.

    “You won’t regret it,” said Ms Andrews.

    Applications are open until 15 April and the program will be held later this year in Brisbane.

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