Student leadership has become a large focus of the ‘gentle’ men at Whitefriars College, along with the 2019 college theme of ‘service’. Through the endeavours of a large group of motivated Year 8 students their service has reached far beyond the gates of Whitefriars College, acting to serve and promote awareness for the organisations of DONCARE and the newly founded organisation EACH. Supporting them through every step of the journey, college Youth worker Brie Ellett and Simone Livingstone, who met on numerous occasions with the Youth Resource officers from the local police to help facilitate a course of action that recognised building positive relationships with young people. To further advocate the ideas of the students, EACH Youth Services conducted a Youth focus incursion, focusing on what young people want in community services. These ideas were taken back to the council to propose what is needed to help young people in Manningham.
In collaboration with the Doncaster and Warrandyte Police, the young men of Whitefriars ran a barbeque fundraiser to raise both funds and awareness for their local non-profit organisation DONCARE. Prior to the successful day, the boys spent many weeks organising the event, raising $475 in less than an hour. The efforts of both Whitefriars College, EACH and the local Police certainly delivered the EPIC service model of EACH youth services, to ‘Empower, Partner, Innovate and Connect’ young people with their community, by encouraging acts of responsibility for people beyond themselves. A truly successful event and hopefully the beginning of more advocacy for youth voice amongst the community of Manningham.
Toby Brown, 2020 Vice Captain