Zonta teaches young women how to lead
YOUNG women of Gladstone are stepping it up a notch as the Zonta Club of Gladstone kicks off its Zonta Excellence and Leadership Program.
The ZEAL program has been designed for young women aged 14-17 to develop a range of skills, including leadership, empowerment and personal growth.
Eighteen girls gathered at the Gladstone Library recently to participate in the weekly meetings.
Program co-ordinator Colleen Tribe said the program covered a variety of topics in order for the girls to get the most out of it.
"We cover everything from introductions, networking, presentation, communication, confidence building and dealing with difficult situations," she said.
"It's an amazing program designed to get the young women of Gladstone professional headstarts in the world and to get them to realise their potential at a young age."
Mrs Tribe said the program had speakers from all different professions to encourage the girls.
"We have so many successful and inspirational women in Gladstone and we want the girls to see that and build their own ambitions," she said.
"Upon completion, attendees will have a broad understanding of their personal brand, as well as the different aspects of leadership and what is required of professional women."
Participant Brielle McAdam said she had only been in the program two weeks and had already gained life skills from the program.
"I have learnt so much about my own values and how I want to be viewed in the community," she said.
"It's such a great experience. It helps you to understand how others might view you and how to realise your own potential."
The 16-year-old said the program would be beneficial to all girls near her age.
"I'll take what I have learnt with me for the rest of my life and I'll continue to expand on my own values," she said.
"I've recommended it to all my friends. It's just a great program - I love it."
For more information on Zonta and the programs it offers, phone 0438 846 669.