As the lights dimmed in the auditorium of the YWAM Townsville centre, anticipation was in the air. Forty students from six different North Queensland schools came together at the Newspapers In Education (NIE) Leadership Conference, to learn and be challenged in how they can make a difference, sponsored by the Townsville Bulletin.
Pacific Island dance group, Proper Way, kicked off the morning with an inspiring Samoan dance, brewing excitement among the students and teachers for the day. YWAM MSA Medical Coordinator, Hannah Peart, shared her story of overcoming challenges in her own life in order to get to where she is now, using her passion for medical care to help others.
Two 30-minute workshops helped equip the students to work in team and to use tools relevant to their generation. Action plans were made for events that would advocate for different issues facing their schools, communities, and even the world. Social media and communication were discussed as crucial tools available to the students, and that knowing how to use them effectively is equally as important, if not more.
Following the conference, one student was excited to start using what she learned, saying: “Being here today has given us the momentum to chase what we believe is going to impact the greater community and even the rest of the world, if we so desire.” They will be, and are already, world changers indeed!