Small Group Activities

June 2016


LYF's Small Group Activities initiative has really taken off in 2016, encouraging mentors to spend time with their teens outside of LYF’s organised events, usually with one or two other mentor/mentee pairs.  These small group activities have a profound impact on the success of LYF’s program, as the mentor has a much greater ability to positively influence and support their teen.  LYF has been absolutely delighted with the increasing number of small group activities and the impact this is having on the mentoring relationships, we hope this continues in 2016.

Volunteer of the Year Awards WA 2016

June 2016


On Wednesday May 11th Volunteering WA held its annual Volunteer of the Year Awards at the Hyatt - Perth.

Leading Youth Forward was honoured to be represented in two different categories.  LYF itself was a finalist in the Community Volunteer Organisation of the Year Award for Western Australia and LYF’s incredible past president, Dr Ciara Stapleton, was awarded Youth Volunteer of the Year for Western Australia! 

Big Day Out 1 2016 

May 2016


Saturday 14 May saw LYF’s mentor pairs take on a day of friendship, teamwork and peer support at Big Day Out 1. 

There were plenty of laughs and our BDO theme really shone through on the day, with awesome prizes being awarded to teens whose participation epitomised these concepts, including tickets to a Force game!

Thanks to all our amazing Mentors and Freelancers for their enthusiasm and commitment on the day – legends! Thanks also to the outgoing LYF Committee for their tireless work over the last 12 months.

Beach LYF Camp 

April 2016


Beach LYF camp was the biggest camp we have ever had at LYF.  With nearly 200 mentors and teens jumping in with both feet for a weekend of adventure, fun and personal development.  This year’s camp was held in March at the picturesque Ern Haliday Recreational Camp situated right on the coast in Hilarys.  The beautiful surrounds and salty sea breeze provided the perfect atmosphere for teens and mentors to get acquainted and build the foundations for their mentoring relationship. 

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure

April 2016


Mark (14) has been a teen in the Leading Youth Forward program since 2014.  In 2015 Mark was voted in by his peers as a youth committee member where he thrived as a young leader.  As part of his success on the youth committee program Mark was nominated for the 2016 Sir Frank Ledger Scholarship by his mentors at Leading Youth Forward (LYF).  After successfully winning the scholarship Mark was invited to embark on a 7 day voyage aboard the Leeuwin. 

Youth Commitee 2016

April 2016


Elections for the 2016 Youth Committee were held at Beach LYF camp on Sunday 13th March.  16 teens nominated for 6 positions, so the competition was intense.  Each teen nominating had to explain why they wanted to be on committee.  Niketta , a year 10 student from Thornlie High School said she wanted to “do something good for the people just starting Leading Youth Forward.  I want to give back to UCFK and LYF for everything they’ve done for me over the years.”  Dre, a young man in year 10 at South Fremantle High School said, “I want to be a good leader and to plan the big day out event”.

Small Group Activities

August 2015


There have been a number of fun and exciting small group activates run by dedicated mentors and LYF supporters.  Here’s what has been and what is coming next! 

BDO 2 2015 Report

June 2015


Indigenous Hip Hop Projects came in for a very special day of culture, confidence and courage at Santa Maria College for BDO 2 directed by Brooke Rendel.

BDO 1 2015 Report

May 2015


BDO1 was a fun and active day focusing on Healthy Choices at HBF Stadium.  Directed by Dr Faulk and Dr Tim focusing with a few special guests!

LYF features in local paper

November 2014


LYF was featured in the Southern Gazette Newspaper. Thankyou to Brian Oliver for assisting with getting this published. 

BUSH-LYF Camp March 2015

November 2014


On Friday March 6th 75 teens and 75 mentors gathered at Murdoch University to kick-off a highly anticipated weekend of adventure and personal growth. Thankyou to our supporters Lotterywest and Variety, Forrestedge camp school and of course our volunteers and teens for making it such a successful bushLYF experience.

Big Day Out 4 Report - Planned and run by the Youth Committee of 2014

November 2014


BDO4 was a special day for LYF where all the teens and mentors joined together for a special christmas lunch.  It was the first time a BDO had been organised and run by the teens!! Special thanks to the Yout Committee Teens of 2014 and to Sorcha our volunteer Youth Committee Officer. 

LYF/UCFK Quiz Night Huge Success

November 2014


Uni Camp for Kids and Leading Youth Forward held their first joint fundraising event on Saturday 20th October 2014. The UCFK/LYF Quiz Night was a huge success, raising over $6000 for the two charities.

UCFT becomes LYF!

November 2014


On the evening of Thursday the 13th of November, supporters gathered together to acknowledge an exciting new chapter for the charity. In front of volunteers, sponsors, social workers, teens, and parents, Uni Camp For Teens (UCFT) formally changed its name to Leading Youth Forward (LYF).


3rd Big Day Out Report

November 2014


Yet again it was a successful day for the organization who hosted the years third Big Day Out on October 4th. The aim for the day was to explore personal heritage and Indigenous culture, and through understanding and discussion to grow in respect for difference amongst cultures. 


2nd Big Day Out Report

November 2014


Yet again it was a successful day for the organization who hosted the years third Big Day Out on October 4th. The aim for the day was to explore personal heritage and Indigenous culture, and through understanding and discussion to grow in respect for difference amongst cultures. 


First Big Day Out for 2014!

August 2014


The 10th of May saw the first the Big Days Out for 2014.  Seventy teens arrived at Melville Bowling with their mentors, dressed as the person who most inspired them. Melville Bowls was awash with colour and conversation about what makes an idol and there were a range of ‘inspirators’, from firefighters, to doctors, to surf lifesavers and sports stars!  When the day got rolling there were some impressive (some bumper assisted) high scores and there were high-fives all over the place. It made for a great vibe and action packed start to the day!


Former UCFT President Roxy Pike says goodbye

May 2014


It is hard to believe that almost four years ago a parent of a child at Uni Camp for Kids casually said to me how she wished there was something similar for her teens.

Since we first established, UCFT has steadily increased our focus towards mentoring,  educational and team building activities and fostering goal setting and positive conversations. The last three years have been an amazing journey and I am so proud of what our Committee has created and the difference we are making in the lives of disadvantaged Perth teens.