Posted by Miss Zani Bates on 11 March 2021

The Lasallian Youth Leadership (LYL) program operates across almost every Lasallian School in our District of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea. This program has been offered at St Michael's College for over 15 years. This year approximately 25 students from Year 10 and 11 have joined this fantastic leadership initiative.

On Friday 19 February the new LYLs at St Michael's College Adelaide attended the Formation Day at the Grange SLSC. This day is the first formal event for the LYLs, helping them develop the required skills and knowledge to carry out their leadership role. They not only learn more about each other and our founder, St John Baptist de La Salle, but also brainstorm ideas which we can hopefully implement in 2021.

Students reflected on their experience:

"The LYL formation day was a great experience for me, and all students who attended. This experience has allowed me to make new friends of varying ages and build upon my understanding and values on what it means to become a LYL. We performed many activities to help teach us these skills such as how different techniques can help with public speaking and what it means to be Lasallian. I'm looking forward to my future as a LYL and the new people I will meet." Joel Grygus (10PC-04)

"On the formation day I learned what it means to become a Lasallian Youth Leader and the importance of the Lasallian history and how much of an impact it has on today's modern education. There were many fun and educational activities including a presentation on the importance of being a Lasallian Youth Leader. The LYL formation day allowed me to know what to expect in my future as an LYL." David Levett (11PC-09)

We were very fortunate to have Mr Robert Dempsey, Director of Mission, Mr Andrew Spencer, Year 10 Director and Indigenous Coordinator, Mr Nicholas Flynn Year 10 Assistant Director, and Ms Thu Nguyen, Teacher, present on the day.

We are very thankful for old scholar, and now SALT (South Australian Lasallian Team) member, Jordan Tucker (2019) who also took the time to visit. Jordan expressed how fortunate she was to be part of the LYL program, and how she has developed vital skills through the opportunities within the program.

Overall the day was a great success, and we look forward to the exciting initiatives the LYLs will be a part of this year.


Author:Miss Zani Bates
About: Lasallian Youth Minister
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