BUSSELTON Jetty is breeding a new group of youth leaders with a green heart with the second intake of Jetty Crew members focussing on environmental sustainability.
Eight young people aged 17 – 19 have signed on for a 12 month leadership action packed program and already had a big impact by co-ordinating a Beach Clean Up Day, enjoying a private behind the scenes tour of the Dolphin Discovery Centre including feeding Loggerhead Turtles and Octopus, and learning about breeding programs and marine rescue.
Jetty CEO Lisa Shreeve said the program would not be possible without eight sponsors support as this contributed to the travel and training costs, their Open Water Dive qualification and skills development.
“We are very fortunate that we have some local businesses who believe in building the capacity of our young people to care for the environment, build on our social connectedness to the Jetty and learn how to make money to achieve big goals to ensure the Jetty is here for future generations to enjoy.”
Sponsors include Computer West, Tronox, AMD, BTE Electrics, Trevor Fitzgerald, Shorewater Marine, Dianne Laurance and South West Machining Centre.
The Jetty Crew has attended the Chasing Coral documentary presentation and participated in several team building exercises and will soon be learning about presentation skills, project and event management.
All of this culminates in achieving their Open Water Dive certificate in summer to be able to assist with the Pile Rehabilitation project under the Jetty.
Crew member Kai Ashcroft said the Jetty Crew was a great experience.
“It gives me the opportunity to see firsthand conservation efforts in the marine environment, as that’s an interest of mine that I’m wishing to pursue at university.”
Serenah Whittle said she joined because she got the chance to meet new people, learn the practical aspects of event management and experience things that she never thought she would have the opportunity to do in her home town.
Lilly Henley said it was nice to be in a group of like-minded people and have mentor support from sponsors.