POSITIVE: At Kadina High School are, at rear, Josh Russell, Eric Bailey, Paul Johnston and Armondo Hurley. Front are Cherece Close, Chloe Lowndes, Dianne Allen, Rebecca Harding and Emma Attewell.
POSITIVE: At Kadina High School are, at rear, Josh Russell, Eric Bailey, Paul Johnston and Armondo Hurley. Front are Cherece Close, Chloe Lowndes, Dianne Allen, Rebecca Harding and Emma Attewell. Northern Star

Taking steps to inspire youth

A MODIFIED Step to the Future forum came to Lismore this week when two motivational speakers visited three North Coast high schools.

Armondo Hurley and Eric Bailey accompanied Step Coordinator Diane Allan to Kadina, Lismore and Richmond River high schools, where they talked about turning negatives into positives.

They also spoke of the fragility of life, telling how they grew from the negative experiences of their lives to become top-level motivational speakers.

Eric took his presentation to a personal level when he told the Kadina students that Step to the Future had come to support every person at the school.

“If people believe they will fail, they will fail,” Eric said.

“But if they step away from that thinking, they will succeed.

“Success is born from attitude and if people believe in themselves, commit and work hard, they will succeed.”

Diane Allan expressed her disappointment in the federal government’s decision to remove funding from the Step program, including this year’s Lismore forum.

“The current federal government ceased its funding to the Step Foundation and every youth program,” she said.

“Which is why such a small group has come to Lismore. “I dream that Step will get back to the funding arrangements that have been taken away.

“Lismore is special to us and, when the funding was removed, I felt as though we were abandoning the Lismore students. We’re not!

“We’ve been forced into an untenable position by the current government.”

Kadina relieving deputy-principal Nancy Hamer spoke of the impact Step has on students. “It’s very important that students hear positive success stories that motivate them as they move toward the end of school,” she said.



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