Field Trip offers youth $500 to chase dreams

When you wish upon a star … or if you get a chance to speak, your dreams may come true.

The Field Trip, a young people’s leadership club, will start in Lancefield in August and is offering Macedon Ranges people aged 10-17 the chance to share their dream and get $500 to help make it real.

The grant is part of a broader program designed to mentor and equip teens with leadership skills.

Field Trip founder Paul Kooperman says the grant, which will be awarded by a judging panel including musical theatre student Syd Zygier (pictured), is open to people who are able to articulate their dreams, whatever they may be. ‘‘It could be for a class or a trip; it could be they have an opportunity to be introduced to someone and they need to travel … it could even be for something like a cooking course,’’ Mr Kooperman says.

‘‘They just need to be able to lay out what their dream is, how the money will help, and then it will be up to the panel.’’

Mr Kooperman says The Field Trip’s model, which has been refined after a false start earlier this year, is designed to train young leaders ‘‘to be givers, not takers’’.

The free group is led by youngsters Owen Phillips, Emily Jeffrey and Chloe Smith. It will meet at Lancefield Mechanics Hall every Sunday from August 2. A weekend retreat for senior citizens is among coming projects.

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