Active Leaders Program

What better way to relay the importance of physical activity to kids, than through other kids? Since 2014, we have helped create more than 3000 active leaders at primary and secondary schools around Australia. These students are now passionate peer leaders, showing other students how much fun and how important physical activity is.

Peer leaders study movement, activity and leadership skills, and help mentor and engage younger students in physical activity. Over the course of the school year, they develop the motivation, resilience and self confidence to run school and community events, in which thousands of students, teachers and families participate.

Funding from Give Where You Live has enabled Northern Bay College in Corio, Victoria, to be part of the program since its inception. Teachers have reported that students taking part are more settled in school, more engaged with their learning and have greater self-confidence. And the impact on the school has been huge – the College Principal believes the program is addressing sedentary living and creating the momentum for change.

And in Melbourne’s western suburbs, funding from the Barr Family Foundation has led to a three-year leadership project across eight primary schools in Sunshine and St Albans. In the program’s first year, more than 1500 students, staff and school visitors took part in student-run events that promoted the importance and benefits of living a healthy, active life.

Joining Bluearth as a leader has been a magnificent time for me, working with others, encouraging others to never give up, communicating with students and getting a chance to be in charge of groups.
Jesse, Northern Bay College