Entries open for Country to Canberra leadership trip to empower young rural women

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Harvey Senior High School student Kyla Ramos was one of the two teenagers from WA selected to attend Country to Canberra in 2019.
Camera IconHarvey Senior High School student Kyla Ramos was one of the two teenagers from WA selected to attend Country to Canberra in 2019.

Young women and non-binary people from the South West are encouraged to apply for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Canberra to help find their voice and mingle with the country’s top leaders.

The prestigious leadership competition Country to Canberra awards young rural people across the country with an all-expenses paid trip to the nation’s capital to meet politicians and chief executives, undertake leadership training, advocate on key issues and tour Parliament.

After the success of an inaugural online program in 2020, this year’s event will see eligible Year 10 to 12 students also participate in C2C On Screen, with winners to receive two days of online workshops and networking prior to the Canberra trip.

Chief executive Han Worsley said the trip was about empowering young regional women to step outside their comfort zones.

“From Tanya Plibersek and Larissa Waters, to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, past winners have met with top leaders and gained leadership skills that have helped them go on to make a difference in their local communities,” Ms Worsley said.

This year’s leadership competition question is “courage to challenge: what is the role of rural women in driving change in their communities” and students can enter by submitting a two to three minute video or 400 to 600 words with their answer.

“We want to hear young people’s views on how they work through challenges, and make their voices heard for the good of themselves and those around them,” Ms Worsley said.

Entries close on Friday, July 23.

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