Help teens to aid their community
ELIZABETH Kirk hasn’t left high school but can already see herself rising through the ranks of federal politics.
That’s partially due to what she learnt as part of the Tweed and Ballina Youth Frontiers program.
Not intimidated by the fact the political arena is considered especially tough on women, the Year 12 student has also been inspired by local federal MP Justine Elliot.
The Murwillumbah High student said she loved the fact Mrs Elliot moved into a position of political power after having worked in the police force.
“She had another career in the community and is now helping the community. I want to help the community too,” Elizabeth said.
The 17-year-old has made advances towards her career by recently joining Tweed Shire Council’s first youth council, having previously completed the Tweed and Ballina Youth Frontiers program in 2015.
Thirty-two students like Elizabeth completed the program which involves adult mentors helping high school students to host a community event.
Along the way, teens improve their self- confidence, personal skills and time management.
Mentors are being sought for 2016. No previous experience other than basic computer skills and internet access are necessary. The commitment is about 40 hours during school hours over six months.