A message from our Chief Executive and Incoming Chief Executive
It’s a new year, a new term and the Youth Opportunities team is looking forward to a fantastic 2019 with our first programs of the year starting today. We are ready for a busy year of training after an incredible 2018 which saw us proudly graduate 824 students from our Personal Leadership Program – up from 631 in 2017.
This year, we have new schools on board, including Penola High School and Clare, and we have new additions to the YO family, both staff and on our Board. We have four jam-packed terms of training lined up, there are exciting developments in the online space, and just before Christmas we had great news of success in a grant which will see new development in our services and resources for students, families and teachers. And, soon, the year’s first round of Youth Opportunities scholarships will be awarded to some inspiring young people, striving to be their best, despite the challenges they face.
We are hitting the ground running in fundraising, with our first event to kick off next month – TransformARTive (February 15 to March 17), taking place in the Garden of Unearthly Delights at the Adelaide Fringe, where the iconic Coca-Cola bottle will be transformed into art by a variety of artists and celebrities from across Australia. See more on TransformARTive and how to get involved here.
Shortly after TransformARTive opens, the ANZ Community Ball takes place at the Adelaide Convention Centre (Saturday February 16) and Youth Opportunities is honoured to one of a small number of organisations to benefit from the events proceeds. Then it will soon be time for our annual Golf Day at Glenelg (Friday May 10), which is always a fun day for all – so don’t miss out, if you’re not already on board, see how you can get involved here. And Last December’s ‘Stars’ luncheon was a sensational event, raising a record-breaking $472,000 for YO (read more here). We simply cannot thank Melanie and Robert de Crespigny enough for being wonderful hosts and most steadfast supporters.
Coming soon is our 2018 Organisation Report, which will cover the year that was for YO, including all our activities, training, achievements and results. And, finally, this year we continue with the exciting transition of our incoming CE, Erin Faehrmann, into this very hot seat.
So, as you can see, it’s shaping up to be another momentous year for Youth Opportunities. And we couldn’t do it with you. Our sincere thanks for all your support, helping us continue to do what we do so well – changing young lives.
Peter Carey, Chief Executive
Erin Faehrmann, Incoming Chief Executive