In an exciting initiative to foster youth engagement and community involvement, Mackay Regional Council has joined forces with Volunteering Queensland to fund the CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering program at Mackay State High School.

The program marks a significant step forward in empowering the youth of Mackay to become active contributors to their community while developing essential skills and experiences that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Students at Mackay State High School undertaking the Certificate II in Active Volunteering will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the principles of volunteerism and practical experience within a variety of volunteer-involving organisations.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the students would be matched to existing volunteer roles within council that aligned with their career aspirations or areas of interest.

“We are proud to be able to offer volunteer roles at council that are not only inclusive, safe and well supported by knowledgeable staff members, but also appeal to so many interest types.”

“Whether the students have an interest in technology, horticulture, the arts, history, hospitality or the entertainment industry, we can offer them some valuable experience in roles that benefit our local community.”

Tamara Flynn, Community Development Officer; Jenny; Kat from Mackay Regional Council; Matt Reeves, Mackay State High School Acting Principal; Sharon Barnard, Active Volunteering Trainer
Students:  Hayley Flack, Imogen Kennedy, Liam Kennedy, Krishawn Malayta, Kobe Pedro, Neyshan Hall, Raiden Smith, Riley Armstrong

The CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering program equips students with practical skills such as communication, teamwork and problem-solving, while also instilling a sense of civic responsibility and empathy for others.

The partnership between Mackay Regional Council and Volunteering Queensland underscores a shared commitment to youth whilst building a vibrant and inclusive community where everyone can contribute and thrive. 

For more information about the CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering program, please visit Volunteering Queensland website

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