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The Program

The Personal Leadership Program is an intensive 60 hour wellbeing and life skills training program offered to Year 10 school students across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

Using positive psychology and cognitive therapy, the program engages and extends participants knowledge and skills in areas not typically part of their schooling but that are crucially important to life.

The Program focuses on a range of topics including self-confidence, bullying, positive communication and relationships, motivation for school or study and finding your future career.

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Working with Schools

YO works with schools across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

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School Investment

Schools contribute approximately 1/3 the cost of the Program delivery and Youth Opportunities funds the remaining through the support of the community.

Your investment makes a big difference

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Our Reach

In 2014 we graduated 590 students in 37 Programs across 18 schools

Program Development

Led by Program creator Peter Marshman, the Marshman Foundation works in consultation with Youth Opportunities to ensure our Program remains relevant and effective to young people and schools.

All resources are developed based on extensive research in the fields of Philosophy, Personal development, Cognitive Therapy and Personal Development This is combined with nearly 18 years of continuous improvements based on feedback from trainers, teachers, students and parents.

The Marshman Foundation team brings skill and knowledge from a range of backgrounds including business, consulting, training, education and psychology.

Other Services

As well as the 10 Week Personal Leadership Program, there are other ways that Youth Opportunities can support your school.


SACE/Personal Learning Plan

Youth Opportunities is a DECD accredited provider of SACE points and the Personal Learning Plan.


Graduate Follow up Program

Year 11 and 12 is a critical time for our graduates. We want to ensure they continue on their path of success so we provide support through:

  • annual seminars and forums
  • student ambassador initiatives
  • need based mentoring
  • sponsorship in community events and activities
  • goal based incentive initiatives


Teacher Training

Creating cultural change with in a school is not just about educating the students. Youth Opportunities provides personal development opportunities and courses to teachers so they can develop a better understanding of the program and concepts for both professional application and personal growth.

By providing an alternative learning model within a school setting, the PLP builds the capabilities of teaching staff to support young people. This has led to an increase in staff skills, improved staff and student relationships and increased student retention.

Get in touch

For more information, please contact Larry Waller, Head of Training on 8240 3133 or

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