The Live4Life Crew has just returned from YMCA Lady Northcote Camp outside of Bacchus Marsh.
This Leadership Camp included 35 young people from Music in the Sticks, Youth Ambassadors Program and Live4Live Crew - all of which run out of the Youth Development Unit at Macedon Ranges Shire Council.
It was 3 days jam packed with activities, games, program planning, leadership skills and reaching new heights.
A massive congrats and thank you must be said to all the Crew and young people who attended the Leadership Camp as they rose to every challenge presented to them and had a heap of fun in the process!
The Live4Life program has taken out the Highly Commended Award at the Victorian Local Governance Association READYS (Recognising Excellence Awards for Delivering Youth Services)!
by Jacqueline Anderson
From the age of innocence, I have been exposed to watching Disney films,
One would wonder what magic can happen if you only dream,
Well Pinocchio reinforced me to always wish upon a star,
And to always think of that conscience inside your mind,
Telling you the difference from right and wrong,
But the one that stood out for me was the music featured in Lion King,
It mentions the phrase, Circle of Life.
Well when you think about it, life is always spinning,
Out of our control, when we are sleeping time is ticking,
No chance to go back in time and its force pushes us ahead.
You cannot run through an open door into the next chapter of your life,
Without closing the previous door behind you, that is with no regrets,
Each day is a gift; please leave all your fears behind,
Life is about living, if that means taking the road less travelled then so be it.
It may have more obstacles than others, but with each one you become a stronger soul.
Let nothing stand in your way, always believe that things are possible,
A lot of the times it seems as if we end up losing a lot more than what we actually gain.
We all have gaps in our lives; we try to piece them back together with hope in our hearts,
But no amount of glue will work, and we watch our hope being crushed before our eyes.
Our thoughts are scattered across the floor, looking helpless and tears fill up those gaps that you can’t fix,
It’s hard to stop trying, especially when you’re used to not giving up so easily.
I must continue on like the sun, each day it rises and then it sets,
Like the arms of the ocean carrying my body, saving me from drowning,
Raising me up so I can see all the beauty that surrounds me,
And I must believe that everything happens for a reason,
It’s tough to accept but it helps to heal my pain.
My goal is to live each moment like there’s no tomorrow,
Make my dreams reality, push through those barriers
Barriers I placed there myself for protection against reality,
I must experience to learn, I must make mistakes to realise what I am doing wrong.
You were there watching me chase after my dreams,
Removing any fear I had and providing me with confidence in return,
To believe anything is possible, success I learnt doesn’t come easy.
You must earn it, a wonderful endeavour you will encounter.
Many people tend to feel sad when they see grey clouds,
I changed my thoughts to think that every cloud has a silver lining,
A rainbow at the end of this outcome.
Take time to appreciate life for what it is,
And realise it starts with you,
You must believe that you are important,
Before you can reflect your shadow upon theirs.
First things first!
- Are you going to be in Year 9 in 2014?
- Did you enjoy being a part of Live4Life this year?
- Would you like to join in a great group of enthusiastic Young People and help us promote positive mental health messages within your school and community?
YES???....Then click here find out more about joining the Live4Life Crew in 2014