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CFA Junior Leaders unite to talk about the future
This coming weekend CFA Junior Leaders from brigades across Victoria will come together to network, share ideas and build on their knowledge and skills at the 2017 Junior Leader Forum.
The forum will take the leaders through effective ways to improve their Junior Brigades, with sessions touching on themes like marketing and promotion, mentoring, developing leadership skills with a real focus on engaging with the next generations.
As well as participating in workshops with a number of CFA members, the Junior Leaders will be treated to presentations by key note speakers Ashley Fell and Peter Kenyon who bring with them a wealth of transferable knowledge that will assist in improving the Junior Volunteer Development Program.
The JVDP is a youth development program available to CFA Brigades for young people aged 11-15 years of age.
The program provides a wide variety of safe, enjoyable and challenging activities, which enhance a sense of community spirit and personal values, with an awareness of fire and fire safety, and it also strengthens links between brigades.
CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington said it’s heartening to see the momentum and interest in this forum following a break since 2011.
“Whether we are engaging our juniors or generating membership, working together is important; whether that’s with our members, across our communities or throughout districts. I’m looking forward to exploring that more this weekend.”
CFA Volunteer Sustainability Manager Ali Martin said the activities involved in the JVDP program provide opportunities for personal development, skill development, social/recreational development and also community service for our junior members.
“No two programs are the same within the JVDP. The real beauty of this program is that each brigade can make it their own,” said Ali.
“In order to provide Juniors with a well-rounded exciting program, Brigades are encouraged to undertake a range of activities including emergency skills familiarisation drills, championships, social outings sports, fundraising camps, leadership development and community service.
“Events such as this Forum show the dedication and enthusiasm of CFA members and their interest in all aspects of the organisation.
“The interest of the younger members, in particular, will ensure that CFA maintains its vitality and its commitment to adapting to the changing needs in the community.”
Statewide, CFA has 246 endorsed Junior Brigades, with over 1800 Junior Members and 1000 Junior Leaders
The two day forum will take place in Myrniong on 9-10 September 2017.