Kids show off bright ideas

Participants: David Ryan, Sammy Gimbert and Hannah Mitchell were among the 24 young leaders involved in Max Potential. Picture: Jeff McGill
Participants: David Ryan, Sammy Gimbert and Hannah Mitchell were among the 24 young leaders involved in Max Potential. Picture: Jeff McGill

If you’re looking for Australia’s next Prime Minister or entrepreneur extraordinaire, they’re probably among this talented crop of students.

Macarthur’s next generation of leaders displayed a collection of community projects as part of the Max Potential youth coaching program this month.

The event, held at program sponsor Campbelltown Catholic Club’s The Cube venue, was run on September 5 and focussed on encouragement and communication of ideas.

A group of 24 students from St Patrick’s College, Airds High School, Wollondilly Anglican College, Campbelltown Performing Arts High School, Macquarie Fields High School, St Gregory’s College and Magdalene Catholic High School worked with coaches from local businesses and organisations as part of the Max Potential program, culminating in a community project of their choice and design.

The grand showcase of projects drew a buzzing crowd of onlookers at The Cube, as students showed of their work on safe driving, looking after homeless people, environmental sustainability and mental health, among others.

Project manager Dee Raquel Joma said​ she was truly inspired watching the growth of the young people involved.

"It was an absolute pleasure being involved in their journey of achieving a goal, finding confidence they didn't know they had and feeling prepared to take on challenges that lie in life ahead,” she said.

Sammy Gimbert of Airds High School was among those proud of how far she had come, but her coach – Amanda Barnes of John M Daly and Associates, a surveying and engineering company in Campbelltown – highlighted the two-way nature of the program.

“I’ve learnt from Sammy, too, because she has made so much progress through these tools that were using,” she said.

“I’m applying them to my life as well.”

Along with Campbelltown Catholic Club, other Max Potential sponsors included ClubsNSW, Wollondillly Shire Council, Event Cinemas and ANZ Bank.