Passionate teens celebrated at Max Potential showcase

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Charlotte Nibre, Jack Rodgers and Summah Etiale were among the 24 Max Potential leaders of the future. Picture: Jeff McGill
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Charlotte Nibre, Jack Rodgers and Summah Etiale were among the 24 Max Potential leaders of the future. Picture: Jeff McGill

A new bee-friendly garden at The Oaks - recently featured in the Advertiser - is the brainchild of a Wollondilly Anglican College student, Monique McGuire.

It was just one of many such community projects conducted as part of this year's Max Potential Program.

Charlotte Nibre of Airds High School has been collecting donations of hygiene products, placing them in "pre-loved" handbags and getting them to local women in need in support of the Share the Dignity campaign.

Jack Rodgers of Oran Park Anglican College has been teaching young drivers in years 11 and 12 how to change a flat tyre, as well as other car maintenance tips, with the help of qualified mechanics.

Summah Etiale of Campbelltown Performing Arts High School has been spending time with elderly people and helping them pot and care for flowers to brighten their day.

In all, 24 young leaders from across Macarthur participated in the annual Max Potential program, hosted by Campbelltown Catholic Club.

Nine local schools participated with the teenagers working with coaches drawn from local businesses, councils, clubs and other organisations.

"Under the program they develop leadership thinking, set and achieve personal goals and plan and execute a community service project," said project manager Dee Raquel Joma.

"The growth and achievements of the program participants was amazing to see, reminding me why I love being a coach."

As well as the Catholic Club, Max Potential is sponsored by Wollondilly Shire Council, ANZ Bank and Event Cinemas.

Built on coaching, goals, and the tools needed to make a difference, this year's program climaxed with a grand Showcase of projects at The Cube earlier this month.

Schools involved this year were Campbelltown Performing Arts High School, Airds High School, Camden High School, Macquarie Fields High School, Magdalene Catholic College, St Patrick's Catholic College, St Gregory's Catholic College, Oran Park Anglican College and Wollondilly Anglican College.