Young local leader takes on youth officer role for The Makers

Young local leader and Halls Head College student Kaylee Miller has stepped up into her new role as youth officer for homegrown not-for-profit organisation, The Makers.

The year 12 student will be responsible for assisting in the development of Mandurah's annual Youth on Leadership program, aimed at building the capacity of leaders, and advocating for young people across the region.

Kaylee has been involved with The Makers as a camp leader, volunteer and participant, since she attended her first Youth on Leadership camp five years ago

She said she was looking forward to being an advocate and ambassador for all young people in Mandurah.

"The opportunity to empower other young leaders my age and be a part of kick-starting their leadership journey is something that really excites me," Kaylee said.

"One of the biggest things I've learnt through Make Place's programs is how to be a diplomatic leader. One that considers other people's opinions, but has a strong voice that holds true to my own values.

"A true leader knows when to step up or step down and allow others to be heard. I want to be a leader that builds the capacity of others."

City of Mandurah community development manager Tim Hartland said the City were proud to be able to support a young person in a position that will empower many others.

"Kaylee is a great example of the many outstanding young leaders we have in the City of Mandurah," he said.

"We're really excited to be able to support this opportunity for her to drive initiatives that will build more young leaders in our community."

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Her first initiative as youth officer will be driving theYouth on Leadership's annual camp, kicking off on July 15.

Co-facilitated by mayor Rhys Williams, the camp aims to develop resilience, citizenship, leadership and empower participants to think about how they can use their strengths to make a difference in the community.

Additionally, Kaylee will also play a role in organising and running the Act-Belong-Commit YOH (Youth on Health) Fest, one of Australia's leading performing arts festivals.

Born in Mandurah, YOH Fest now takes place in seven regions across WA, from Albany to Broome, and provides the opportunity for over 3000 students to explore important health themes through the arts.

The teenager has emotional intelligence and aspirations beyond her years and is able to communicate her goals and issues she is passionate about in an inspiring way.

Kaylee said she hoped the leadership role would be the first of many in her exciting future that lays ahead.

"I'm inspired by connecting with people and empowering them. That is something that I want to ensure is a big part of my life going forward," she said.

"Whether that will be as a lawyer, doctor or something completely different, time will tell, but I'm confident that I have all the tools required to thrive no matter what path I take".