Youth Inc: Teeing off for success

Youth Inc.’s Golf Day is Different. It’s Not A Typical Charity Day, It’s Way More.

The 2019 Golf Day, held recently at Kooyonga Golf Club, was a big success thanks to the hard work of Youth Inc. students who organised the event.

Students were able to experience all the activities which go towards staging such an event from marketing to public speaking, event management, administration, networking, catering and more.

“The big theme for our Golf Day is that it doesn’t just support our young people, it engages them in it”

Youth Inc. operations manager/deputy principal Kelly Bunyon says.

“It supports them to gain real life work experiences, develop a wide range of employability skills and gives them the opportunity to meet others in the community who can hopefully be part of their next career step.”

This year’s competition included 30 teams with four players each (including supporters from Adelaide’s finest supermarkets’ network).

Three students on the Youth Inc. Events Team put an enormous amount of work into making this a great event.

“They’ve worked for roughly 10 hours a week for the past eight weeks to make the day happen,” Bunyon says.

Ryan, 19, looked after all branding opportunities and logistics including mapping out the day, designing signs, name tags and booklets.

Tayla, 19, oversaw all communications/media including recruiting teams, organising media, reporting on the day and arranging prizes.

Kaylen, 22, was responsible for volunteers and administration, recruiting student volunteers, bringing together all documentation and organising the lunch function.

There were also many student event volunteers who supported the day by making coffees at the coffee cart, cooking the barbecue, facilitating golf activities, serving drinks and taking photographs.

Key achievements, all organised by the students, included working with major event partners, William Buck & Community Co.

They also arranged a C Class Car from Mercedes Benz Adelaide as Hole in One prize, organised a SEN Radio Broadcast throughout the morning and secured cricketer Jason Gillespie as guest speaker at the lunch.

Students worked to find more than $40,000 of financial and in-kind support from 25-plus businesses (many of which are local).

“We’re continuing to push what’s possible with running events like this Golf Day,” Bunyon says.

“We’ll keep doing it in the hope that we don’t just deliver a fantastic experience for all involved but also to inspire our young people to think courageously and creatively about what they can achieve, while having an incredibly diverse and meaningful experience at the same time.”


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