Twenty one of Benalla’s young people took on a challenge earlier this year – to identify and solve a local issue, using creativity, teamwork and technology.
The students, aged 11 to 16 years old, attended a series of workshops offered by Tomorrow Today to foster skills needed for future work. Participants began by surveying nearly 500 local students, and heard loud and clear that Benalla lacked entertainment options for young people, and that it was a problem.
So, with the assistance of tech experts from Sydney’s Seer Data and Analytics, the group set to work creating an interactive entertainment directory they named ‘FIB: Fun in Benalla.’ During the workshops they also learned about career pathways and opportunities in coding and software development.
The final step of the project was a ‘pitch’ for the FIB website, to a panel comprising the mayor of Benalla Rural City and members of the council, police force, sporting clubs and the business community. Despite nerves, the young participants presented their work with confidence and conviction, and received rousing applause.
Danny O’Donnohue, of North East Tracks Local Learning and Employment Network, who was present at the pitch, commented:
“I am so excited about the positive attitude, motivation, confidence and innovation of each individual participating in this project, and the group. Skills like working in teams, public speaking, problem solving – these are all things that employers want.”