Motivated teens arrive for RSL leadership forum at Bond

SOME of Queensland’s brightest and most motivated teenagers will travel from all over the state to attend a unique leadership forum at Bond University tomorrow.

About 200 hundred RSL Youth Development Program (YDP) grant winners will participate in the one-day forum, which is aimed at inspiring them to pursue their dreams.

The students have already qualified for RSL YDP grants to put towards a diverse range of projects from nanotechnology and biomedicine, to Irish dancing, overseas aid, stand-up paddle racing and jazz music.


RSL Queensland Branch President Terry Meehan said the leadership forum offered extra focus for a very determined group of teens.

“It’s not just these young people who benefit, their parents are included in most aspects of the forum so they all know where they’re headed as a family unit,” Mr Meehan said.

“It’s a great example of mutual appreciation and bonding between parents and their kids.”

The students will be inspired by guest speakers including wounded Australian soldier Curtis McGrath, Governance Practice Leader Jennifer Robertson and LTCOL Matt Richardson, Commanding Officer 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment.

They also participate in team building exercises such as a ‘Survivor’ style scavenger hunt.

Operated in conjunction with Bond University, the program provides grants of up to $5,000 to 200 Year 10 and 11 students who have demonstrated academic, community and leadership achievements.

Grant recipients are eligible to apply for one of three RSL ANZAC Scholarships to cover 50% tuition fees for any single or combined degree at Bond University.

Applications open on ANZAC Day, 25 April 2014.