The Sydney Leadership program is an initiative of the Benevolent Society, and was started in 1999, with the aim of creating a network of committed individuals working together to bring about social change. It is based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Sydney Leadership Wikipedia
Each year about 50 individuals from all walks of society, many working at the cutting edge of their communities, join the Sydney Leadership Program. They then embark on a year of intensive courses and activities, which aim to provide participants withmore in-depth knowledge of a range of social issues,
clarity of values and purpose,
greater skills and confidence to act and increased resilience,
greater ability to partner and collaborate successfully,
a broader network across corporate, community and government sectors,
capacity to exercise leadership in challenging environments.
At the end of the year, participants join the Sydney Leadership Alumni Network. Together with alumni from the partner Rural, Community and Youth Leadership programs they form the Social Leadership Network, whose 300+ members form a network of committed individuals extending through key positions in society.
In 2009 the program cost $14,800 per participant.
Projects initiated by graduates of the Sydney Leadership Program include:Cultural/sports event for young refugees
New humanities learning programs in prisons
Rural business development in remote regions
Teaching employable skills to disadvantaged youth
Literacy in Prisons program
Indigenous Leadership Programs
Rural community futures - Moree 2020
Community safety in Armidale
Community Service Volunteer program in Lightning Ridge
Youth unemployment in Wollongong
Women on Boards
Establishing a youth council in Leichhardt
Bridging Generations in Penrith
Uniting Christian & Muslim youth in western Sydney
Building public housing estate networks
Domestic violence – building family support networks
Rural education in North West NSW
Sydney Leadership has a high profile, and has been addressed by many prominent leaders such as the former Prime Minister, John Howard . For example,Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales, said that Sydney Leadership has an enviable reputation for innovative approaches in addressing critical social issues.
Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney, said Sydney Leadership makes an important contribution to the life of Sydney, working at many levels and across sectors of difficult social issues that lie beneath the surface of any large city.
Bob Carr, as Premier of New South Wales, said We need leaders who have the ability to share information and ideas, to build strong and effective networks, and to engage the community. Sydney Leadership provides an ideal forum for such individuals to broaden their horizons and challenge accepted wisdom.