Young leaders will find their feet in digital media and communications thanks to the Wyndham EYouth project.
Thomas Carr College’s Jess Gleeson was among the new graduates of the two-year project who celebrated their achievements earlier this month.
The free program, for 16 to 25-year-olds, is made up of students working towards a vocational qualification and young people in voluntary leadership, mentoring and marketing roles.
It aimed to give young people in Wyndham skills in digital media, communication and leadership.
Learning city portfolio holder Josh Gilligan said as a result of the project more than 50 students have re-engaged with education graduated with a certificate in information, digital media and technology from Victoria University Polytechnic.
“It’s terrific to see the creativity and passion of our young people on show, with students developing skills in leadership, creative arts, media and project management,” Cr Gilligan said.
“The program participants have developed workforce ready skills and portfolio of work, building their own websites and podcasts, honing their graphic design, photography and videography skills and even creating their own animations.
“As a result of this positive experience many participants are now seeking further study in the field.
“One of the great legacies of this program has been the development of a creative community of young people with different skills and interests sharing knowledge and working together on projects.”
Cr Gilligan said participants also contributed to major council events such as the Winter Street Party and the Wyndham Sports Fest: Youth Cup.
“Another great outcome of the program is that participants have a greater awareness of the health and wellbeing services available in the community,” he said.