Four Wallan Secondary College students are excited to build their leadership skills at a Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington DC and New York.

The school captains will attend the conference in July, alongside students from 146 other countries to meet diplomats and discuss the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Ruby Sommerville, Lachlan Mozina, Riley Cook and Coen Triffetts said that they were all excited to be embarking on the trip and going to the USA for the first time.

The school captains agreed that leadership would be important for their future career aspirations.

“I want to go into the border patrol side of things, so if I want to get higher up I’ll have to become some sort of a leader to impact other stuff,” Lachlan said.

Ruby said that she had done work experience in year 10 with Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes and the global leaders opportunity would be great to build on her prior experience.

“I went into the Parliament house so that was really cool to see the political side of things,” she said.

The students have raised money through school events, but they still need of support from the community through upcoming fundraisers they have planned.

“We’re doing a car boot sale, a Bunnings sausage sizzle and we have a sports day coming up which we’re hoping students want to get involved in,” Ruby said.

The captains have also reached out to their employers for support and are seeking sponsorship from anyone else who could help fund their trip.

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