Spirits were high and smiles were everywhere as 13 young adults from three local high schools graduated from this year’s Canterbury-Bankstown Max Potential personal leadership program.
Twenty-two weeks ago, these young adults from Canterbury Boys High School, Kingsgrove North High School and Sir Joseph Banks High School, embarked on a program which pushed and challenged them to step up and take responsibility and ownership of their school and personal lives.
As part of the program, each student created and ran a community service project which would benefit the community and leave a lasting legacy, and they had the opportunity to show off their results at the final showcase event held at Canterbury League Club last Wednesday night.
Over 100 parents, friends and community leaders including Bankstown Mayor Linda Downey, Canterbury Mayor Brian Robson, and former Member for Lakemba and current Max Potential Ambassador, Robert Furolo, attended the showcase to meet with the young adults and view their projects. Some of the projects on display on the night included teaching Year 7 school children the benefits of computer programming and coding, a stress relief activity on how to cope and handle stress at school, and visiting and entertaining residents at Rosemore Aged Care in Belmore.
“I’d have to rate the night as 10 out of 10! Each young adult could demonstrate their progress as well as the lessons they’ve learned throughout the program. It was great to see them really animated while at their stalls, beaming with pride and passionately talking about their Max Potential journey, not to mention selling the program to others!” said Paul Stathers, first-time volunteer Max Potential coach.
“It was fantastic to see so many people turn up in support of this year’s batch of young adults. With the general support and interest for people to get involved next year, I think we’ve had our best year yet with the promise of an even bigger year next year,” said Sue Booth, Project Manager and Coach of Canterbury-Bankstown Max Potential.
Canterbury was the major sponsor of this year’s Max Potential by providing a donation of $25,000 which was used to train coaches and supplement the program’s running costs.
“All the young adults have really grown throughout the length of the program; they were brimming with confidence as they spoke about their projects and were excited to show off and interact with people that came to the showcase. Congratulations to all the young adults and their coaches for successfully completing this year’s program and producing a wonderful showcase,” said Dave Brace, CEO of Canterbury League Club.