YWCA Canberra’s She Leads High Conference is a one-day leadership event for young women, including female identifying and non-binary people, in years 9 and 10.
The event provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership and explores topics such as social and emotional development, peer relationships and pressures, self-esteem, and body image. Upon completion, students will be empowered to start defining and developing their leadership pathways.
By the end of the day we want girls to:
The day will include interactive workshops, keynote speeches, and speed networking with incredible young women under the age of 25 who are leading in their communities.
By encouraging girls’ attendance, you will provide them with the opportunity to develop their leadership potential, and increase their capacity to take on leadership roles within their school environment and beyond.
Thanks to the generosity of the ACT Government, scholarship places for two Indigenous students are available. Please contact the She Leads team for more information, or to apply.
Full program and speaker line-up will be released shortly, so watch this space for more details.
|8:45 – 9:00||Arrivals||Students will check in with YWCA Canberra staff, collect their name badges and find their seats.|
|9:00 – 9:30||Welcome||Students will learn about what leadership is, what makes an effective leader and how leadership development can help to achieve goals.|
|9:30 – 10:00||1st Keynote||A young woman under 25 will discuss her leadership journey, including how she started, the challenges she has faced, and her future aspirations. Students will have the opportunity to ask the keynote any questions relating to her experience and seek advice.|
|10:00 – 11:00||Workshops||Workshops topics will be released shortly but will centre on social and emotional development, peer relationships and pressure, self-esteem/body image, working together and defining and developing a leadership journey.|
|11:00 – 11:30||Morning tea|
|11:30 – 12:00||2nd Keynote||A young woman under 25 will discuss her leadership journey, including how she started, the challenges she has faced, and her future aspirations. Students will have the opportunity to ask the keynote any questions relating to her experience and seek advice.|
|12:00 – 1:15||Speed Networking session||Students will learn the value of networking while interacting with young women under 25 from the Canberra community who are leading and making real change. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions, seek advice and get inspired.|
|1:15 – 2:15||Lunch|
|2:15 – 3:15||Workshops||Workshops topics will be released shortly but will centre on social and emotional development, peer relationships and pressure, self-esteem/body image, working together and defining and developing a leadership journey.|
|3:15 – 3:30||Closing Remarks||Event day wrap up.|
It is vital that teachers attend the event and provide appropriate supervision and care and ensure that each student arrives and departs safely. It is essential that there is one school supervisor for every six students attending. YWCA Canberra staff will not provide supervision of students and will not be responsible for the arrival or departure of students, or for their behaviour on the day.
Schools should treat this event as an excursion and will need to independently organise all necessary permission slips and transportation.
Schools are responsible for managing the allocation of places to interested students; there are 10 available places for each school. It is important that all students want to be there.
The day will feature a full program of speakers, workshops, and individual and group discussion and reflection. Students will get the most value from the day when they come prepared to engage with the topics, speakers, and fellow students.
For each registered student, a photography consent form will need to be completed and returned to the She Leads team. This is not the permission slip that should be used by teachers to gain guardian permission to take students to the event. Teachers should have access to their own school-specific permission slips and use those to gain guardian permission. Please email all the photography consent forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a young woman interested in attending the She Leads High Conference, you will need to let your teacher or principal know that you want to come along to the event as soon as you can. Your school may be sending other students too, or they may not yet know about this event.
You will need to treat this event like any other school excursion, which means having your guardians sign your school permission slip, and organising transportation to and from the event through your school.
You and your guardian will also need to complete the photography consent form, which needs to be returned to the She Leads team prior to the event. Please give the photography consent form to your teacher, who will then provide the forms to us.
For further details relating to the event, or for any queries please contact the She Leads team at email@example.com or call YWCA Canberra on (02) 6175 9900.