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Student Leaders Encouraged to Own their World

15 February 2008

Student Leaders Encouraged to Own their World at the
2008 National Young Leaders’ Days

Double amputee adventurer Mark Inglis has joined a number of other high profile speakers who will be encouraging and inspiring New Zealand’s next generation of leaders at the 2008 National Young Leaders’ Days which take place around the country from March 10.

Run by the Halogen Foundation, the National Young Leaders’ Days are designed to develop student leadership in schools and build a better future for young people.

Annette Fale, general manager of the Halogen Foundation and recipient of a 2007 Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award in recognition of her commitment to fostering leadership among youth, said this year’s theme “Own Your World” will challenge students to accept that they are never too young to play their part and no action in life is insignificant.

“The leadership days will remind them that team work is important, because results and achievements aren’t usually the work of one alone, yet they’ll come to understand the important role we play as individuals in that team,” she said. “As leaders we can’t always be responsible for what others do, but we can be responsible for ourselves and our own decisions.”

The National Young Leaders’ Days have become one of the most significant student leadership events in New Zealand and since 2001 more than 50,000 students have directly benefited through attending one of the events.

The day is both practical and inspirational and empowers students with skills to balance study, school commitments and their social life and to manage the stress in these areas. It is also a great opportunity for students to connect with students from other schools and develop long term support networks.

The day consists of three sessions with each consisting of one or two speakers, question times, short videos, learning exercises, student involvement, music, student interaction and practical application.

“There is a strong sense of the baton being passed as current New Zealand leaders impart their wisdom and knowledge to an emerging generation of future leaders,” said Mrs Fale.

“Feedback from teachers and schools has indicated that giving participants the chance to draw on the experience and advice of high profile leaders inspires them to serve their fellow students, school or community.”

Any student showing potential leadership skills within the school is invited to attend the event, and there is no limit to the number of students a school can send.

Tickets cost $42.00 per student (early bird rate of $39.00 per student until 28 Feb for Secondary School events and 20 March for Primary and Intermediate) and $15.00 for each staff member or parent. Schools can register online at www.halogenfoundation.org or by phoning Halogen Foundation on 09 636 1413 or 0800 624 641.

For specific details on who is speaking at which event and for speakers’ profiles visit www.halogenfoundation.org.

Secondary School Event Details:

Christchurch, Monday 10 March 2008, Christchurch Town Hall, 9.30am - 2.30pm
Auckland, Thursday 13 March 2008, TelstraClear Pacific Events Theatre, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Wellington, Friday 28 March 2008, Wellington Town Hall, 9.30am - 2.30pm

Primary / Intermediate Details:

Rotorua, Monday 19 May 2008, Energy Events Centre, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Auckland, Wednesday 21 May 2008 (Event One), TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Auckland, Thursday 22 May 2009 (Event Two), TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, 9.30am – 2.30pm.
Dunedin, Monday 7 April 2008, Regent Theatre, 9.30am - 2.30pm
Christchurch, Tuesday 8 April 2008, Christchurch Town Hall, 9.30am - 2.30pm
Wellington, Monday 14 April 2008 (Event One), Michael Fowler Centre, 9.30am - 2.30pm
Wellington, Tuesday 15 April 2008 (Event Two), Michael Fowler Centre, 9.30am - 2.30pm


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