COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of many events so far this year, but fortunately for three students from Parkes the Active Citizen Program will still be going ahead, albeit in a modified form.
Trudy Richardson, Charlie Oraha and Jayden Pope have joined ten other Year 10 students from Forbes, Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo in the program run by the NSW Police Force’s Central West Police District.
The aim is to build leadership skills, confidence, increase employability and awareness in being an active citizen in their local community whilst enhancing cultural knowledge.
Activities this year have included visiting significant local cul- tural areas with local elders talking about the history of the town, completing workplace courses, artefact activities and visiting the Condobolin SES unit.
The highlight so far has been an online link-up with former NRL star, Jonathan Thurston, giving the students an opportunity to ask questions.
Upcoming activities include completing courses, health checks, presentations by a NSW police officer and Aboriginal elder andYouGotThis program through the Jonathan Thurston Academy on life choices and building self-confidence.
The students will also visit local businesses and community groups to discuss ways on being an active citizen and why they choose to give back to their communities.
Central West Police District Officer-in-Charge, Inspector Shane Jessep, said police were pleased to be able to offer the modified version of the program this year.
“The Active Citizen Program gives local police and businesses an opportunity to be involved in developing leadership qualities of young people in our community,” Shane said.
“Participants also have this exciting opportunity to build their skillsets and learn – not only from local identities, but also famous people – which will help them become the best versions of themselves as leaders.”
Central West Police District Youth Officer, Senior Constable Daniel Greef, said: “We are excited to be able to work with and buildup these future leaders of our communities and see them grow.”