Youth Leadership Camps

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Leadership Camp Program

Supporting our young people to reach their full potential

The University of New England’s, Oorala Aboriginal Centre Youth Leadership Program is an introduction to university life, personal development and a range of life skills, as well as health, wellbeing and Aboriginal cultural awareness and pride. These camps are designed to provide an opportunity for students to develop important values and skills such as leadership, learning, culture & wellbeing.

There's no cost to attend, all costs are covered by UNE and all students are asked to nominate a role model when applying.

2019 camp dates

CampsYears Camp Dates Application Closing Date
Girls Camp 1 11 & 12 22 - 24 MayMay 1
Boys Camp 1 11 & 12 26 - 28 JuneMay 29
Boys Camp 2 8 - 10 18 - 20 SeptAug 21
Girls Camp 2 8 - 10 30 Oct - 1 NovOct 2

If you are interested please apply online or download and complete the Application Form.

Who can attend?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students in Years 8-12 can apply. We have a limited number of places available so please submit applications as early as possible. Applications are assessed by a Panel of Community Members

Who runs the camps?


The Leadership Camps are organised by the Oorala Aboriginal Centre, located at The University of New England in Armidale, NSW.

Camp Co-ordinator Lynda Lynch and her administative team are supported by key facilitatiors Dean Widders, Shantelle Thompson, Jefferson Taylor and Dennis Moran.

A range of consultants, academics and volunteers participate, providing sessions such as:

  • Professional and Student Mentor presentations
  • Leadership, values and communication
  • Training sessions at SportUNE and PCYC Armidale
  • Career development and  pathways to university
  • Short lectures & practical workshops.

All staff and volunteers have a NSW Government Working with Children Check.


For further information contact Lynda Lynch,
Schools & Community Engagement Program Co-ordinator,
0413 084 567 or 02 6773 4318,
or email


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