Our Personal Leadership Program was originally developed for corporate settings. The program was originally used as a management training tool to increase employees’ motivation for their work, both individually and as a team.
After seeing employees reach beyond their perceived capabilities, and grow significantly in job responsibilities as a result of the program, founder and developer 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 and helping shape the future of young people experiencing disadvantage. His aim was to give young people the skills and tools to 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-five years on, the Personal Leadership Program has been delivered in over 80 schools and organisations in metropolitan and regional South Australia, changing the lives almost 15,000 young people – positively impacting their schools, families and communities.
With a renewed focus on developing emotional intelligence and resilience in young people, The Personal Leadership Program is more relevant than ever, giving tomorrow’s leaders the skills and tools they need to thrive in school, work and life.