PLANTING SEEDS: Olivia Jeavons, Maddy Cahill, Elodie Jeavons and Gemma Torresi planting a new garden at St Martha’s retirement village.
PLANTING SEEDS: Olivia Jeavons, Maddy Cahill, Elodie Jeavons and Gemma Torresi planting a new garden at St Martha’s retirement village. John Gass

Growing potential of teenagers goes wild

TEENAGERS are often stereotyped as lazy and self-centred, but a group of 16 kids from Seagulls Club and Tweed Shire Council's Max Potential program are proving that assumption is blooming ridiculous.

Running for five years now, the program gets the Tweed's young people involved in their community, with a little help from mentors from around the region.

Program co-ordinator Wayne Deeth said the program was a resounding success. "It's just fantastic. We need to let the community know there are some incredible teenagers around doing all they can to help others," he said.

"Olivia (Jeavons) is just one of 16 youths who have been mentored with a leader in the community."

Olivia said Max Potential was a rewarding experience and was teaching her key leadership skills, with the help of council mentor Matt McCann. "We've been out there at St Martha's planting community gardens for the residents," she said. "I'm learning a lot through the program about leadership."

If you are interested in joining Max Potential phone Mr Deeth on 0407 565 864.



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