Peter Marshman, Program author
The Youth Opportunities’ Personal Leadership Program 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 Personal Leadership Program was delivered in 1998 to Year 10 students in two 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. Twenty years on the Personal Leadership Program has been delivered in over 80 schools and organisations in metropolitan and regional South Australia changing the lives of over 11,000 young people.
Our mission is to empower young people to overcome challenges now and in their future. Our vision is to increase the wellbeing and resilience of young South Australians.
Youth Opportunities are proud to help more than 500 young people across South Australia each year.