Peter Marshman, Program author
The Youth Opportunities’ Personal Leadership Program (PLP) was originally developed for businesses, as a management tool to increase employees’ motivation for their work, both individually and as a team. With many employees reaching beyond their perceived capabilities and job responsibilities, Program author Peter Marshman OAM soon realised the benefit it could have on school aged participants. In 1997, Peter founded the charity Youth Opportunities Association (SA) Inc with the aim of developing the leadership skills of young people so they would be able to help themselves and make positive life choices, breaking the cycle of long-term unemployment and disadvantage.
The first school based PLP was delivered in 1998 to Year 10 students in two low socio-economic schools in Adelaide’s North, Salisbury and Smithfield Plains High Schools. The positive outcomes instigated further development and expansion across metropolitan and regional South Australia. 18 years on the PLP has been delivered in over 40 schools and organisations in metropolitan and regional South Australia changing the lives of over 10,000 young people.
Our mission is to empower young people; giving them the tools and skills to overcome challenges now and in their future. Our vision is to increase the well-being of young South Australian’s; to ensure they don’t just cope, they thrive.
Youth Opportunities are proud to help around 600 young people across South Australia each year.