Re-igniting hope in young people will be the aim of a visit from renowned speaker and entrepreneur Glen Gerreyn this month.
Swan Hill Rural City Council and Murray Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network have joined forces to bring Glen to Swan Hill.
Murray Mallee LLEN Executive Officer Deb Quin said during his visit, Glen would give parents and other community members the tools they need to have a positive influence on young people’s lives. He will also speak to young people directly.
“When he was younger, Glen was diagnosed with an incurable illness. He thought that he could either sit back and take it, or get on with things. He did more than just get on – at the age of 22 and with just $2 to his name, he started a youth centre from scratch,” she said.
“Now he speaks around the world – to young people, parents, business leaders and sporting groups – about re-igniting hope. In this case it’s about inspiring young people to take action in their own lives, to build resilience, make better life choices and to realise their potential.
“I can’t wait to hear from him, and see what positive changes he can bring to local young people and their families.”
Council Chief Executive Officer Dean Miller said while Glen would inspire students, it was also important to give parents and teachers the chance to hear from him too.
“Parents, teachers and other adult community members play an essential role in shaping the attitudes of young people, and Glen’s seminar will give them the tools they need to play that role even better,” Mr Miller said.
“I encourage parents or anyone else interested in supporting young people to take advantage of having such a high calibre speaker here,” he said.
Glen Gerryn will present a one-hour seminar for parents, teachers and community members on Thursday, 23 July at the Swan Hill Town Hall, 6.30pm for a 7pm start. The event is free of charge.
He will host his ‘Hour of Power’ for students on Friday, 24 July at 10am and 2pm, also at the Town Hall.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Rebecca Dick at MMLLEN on 5033 2017.
About Glen Gerreyn
“With the $2 I had left from my disability pension, I started a Youth Centre in my hometown. At the time, the city had very little to keep young people entertained and out of trouble. Through sponsorship and fundraising I developed a fully functional youth venue, with sporting, Internet and entertainment facilities. It quickly grew to having over 800 members. My efforts were soon recognised nationally as Young Australian of the Year for Queensland, Community Service in 1998. And it’s all grown from there.”
For the past 12 years Glen has made speaking and writing his career. He has spoken to more than 500,000 people around the world.
He works with children and parents, high school students, employees and business leaders, sporting groups and community organisations.
He’s spoken at world famous TEDx events, appeared on the Today Show and Can of Worms, ABC national radio, and written blogs for mamamia.com.
And he’s written four books — Gifted for Greatness, Men of Honour, Oxygen 102 and Get Your Hopes Up.
Glen lives in Sydney with his wife, three daughters and son.