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The Australian Student Leadership Conference is coming to Sydney!

Empowering student leaders in NSW to make a real difference in their schools and community.


A three-day personal growth and leadership development conference in Sydney, NSW.


The conference is open to students in Year 10 – 12 with a leadership role or interest in leadership.


Conference: $265+GST per student
Optional Accommodation: $165+GST 

    Established in 1991, the Australian Student Leadership Conference is a three-day conference developing extraordinary student leaders from across Australia. Students return from the conference:
    • Empowered with a stronger sense of self-awareness, self-worth & self-belief
    • Prepared with essential skills & tools to effectively lead
    • Motivated to make a difference in their school & community
    • Equipped with clear goals & action plans
    • Connected to a powerful network of young leaders from across Australia
    30 Sept – 2 Oct 2016 | Thornleigh Conference Centre & Ibis Hotel, Thornleigh
    Day 1 The Power of One
    Students explore:
    • Personal attitude and focus
    • Values, passions and beliefs
    • Public speaking techniques
    • Balancing life, school and leadership priorities
    • Personal goal achievement Networking
    Day 2 Together Has Power
    Students experience:
    • Effective communication
    • Being H.O.T – honest, open and transparent
    • Servant leadership
    • Building rapport and developing trust
    • Creativity and innovation
    • Project management
    Day 3 Action Creates Change
    Empowering students by:
    • Understanding issues at school and in the community
    • Providing a voice to others
    • Inspiring others with your vision
    • Turning vision into action
    • Maintaining momentum & maximising the network
    • Applying the conference lessons in the real world

    Steph-LorenzoStephanie Lorenzo

    Australian of the Year nominee and Westpac Women of Influence

    With a Bachelor of International Communication from Macquarie University held in hand, Stephanie Lorenzo didn’t begin her career planning to start a charity. It was a chance encounter with a book about sex trafficking when she was 22, and a life-changing trip to Cambodia that left her asking ‘how could this be real’? “

    In that moment Stephanie decided to unlock her purpose, and play a bigger game. That game was to create a movement to help facilitate the end of global human trafficking and slavery. For many combatting the worlds third largest crime is a mountain too big to climb. For Stephanie, that mountain was too big to ignore. In 2009 combining a passionate vision, with a purpose driven action plan, Stephanie founded Project Futures.

    Stephanie’s ‘purpose equals action’ leadership approach has enabled her to mobilise young professionals to engage in creative, innovative and sustainable fundraising initiatives. She believes that young people are driven by purpose, and the results speak for themselves. The Project Futures community are now raising $1 million a year for anti-trafficking projects and are looking to increase that to $5 million over the coming 3-5 years.


    Nathan BashaNathan Basha

    NSW Young Australian of the Year Finalist

    Nathan Basha is a unique motivational speaker pushing boundaries. Nathan might happen to have Down syndrome but he says, “That’s not who I am”. He has spoken at international and national conferences, political forums, universities, schools and workshops, sharing his insights about what can happen when people are encouraged to live their dreams. He encourages his audience to think creatively and expand their ideas about what could be possible.

    Nathan is an actor, a university student, a film maker and works at the “coolest radio station in Sydney” and Taste Creative. He is also an ambassador for a NSW government campaign – Living Life My Way.

    How do I register my students? 
    If you have decided to make the investment in your student’s leadership journey, all you need to do to is click on the register now button above. A friendly yLead staff member will then be in touch to finalise your booking.
    When do I need to register my students by? 
    Final numbers are required by Wednesday 24 August however student names won’t be required until Friday 9 September .
    Who will be looking after the students? 
    The yLead staff and volunteers will supervise the students throughout the conference.
    How will the students be accommodated? 
    Students have the option of residential or non-residential conference registration. Conference sessions will conclude each evening at approximately 8pm allowing those living close to the venue to head home of an evening. Those wishing to stay overnight will be accommodated at the Ibis Sydney in Thornleigh and supervised by yLead staff. The additional accommodation cost is $165+GST per student which includes 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.

    From the moment I arrived the yLead team made me feel welcome and wanted. They took the time to understand me and what I wanted to get out of the conference. The weekend was full of enthusiasm and zest. They are people to be admired!

    Peer Support Leader, Knox Grammar School

    The conference experience was amazing and unforgettable. I am really grateful for everything I have experienced and everyone I have met on this conference.

    Peer Support Leader, Our Lady of Mercy College

    All of the group leaders were incredible, approachable people. There is something exceptional about their openness and willingness to listen.

    Prefect, Great Lakes College


    Primary School

    Years 5 – 6
    Teaching the fundamentals of leadership through fun and engaging workshops.

    Secondary School

    Years 7 – 12
    Creating united cohorts and motivating students to be active leaders in their school.

    Leadership Groups

    SRC | Student Leaders | Prefects
    Hands on team building, peer support coaching and essential skill development.