Current Project – Surge

Surge Leadership Program

What is Surge

The Surge Leadership Program is yearly run high school leadership development program, run by Youth Without Borders. The program is for high potential students from schools who lack the resources to dedicate to the targeted development of their students potential.  Currently the program works with students from the 13 schools who are part of the Enable Network in South Brisbane. Year 11 students who are applying for or have been elected into leadership positions (like prefect, sports captain, school captain etc.) take part in the program which introduces them to different concepts around the discourse of leadership and helps them progress on their individual leadership journeys. The workshop involves many hands on interactive activities, talks from motivational speakers and discussion on the different ways one can express leadership.

The Surge Program

The Leadership Development Program consists of two parts – the workshops and the project.


  • The workshops involve many hands on interactive activities, talks from motivation speakers and discussion on the different ways one can express leadership.
  • Two workshops are held – one at the start and one at the end of the program
  • The workshops are held on a weekday and go all day long

Student Project

  • The student project encourages students, at the beginning of their leadership journey, to champion something they wish to see changed within their school. Alternatively, anything they would like to share and inspire other students with.
  • The project would center on creating a final presentation, which the students will present at a school assembly.
  • A pair of mentors will be assigned to each school to guide the student participants in preparing a kickass presentation! This will involve 3 points of contact.

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The 2016 Team

The complete Surge project team consists of thirteen youth mentors from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds who bring unique perspectives on practising leadership with the student mentees .

Jaric Thorning - Project Coordinator

Jaric Thorning

Project Coordinator

Bianca Goebel


AJinkya Lomate

Mentor Coordinator

Jameel Khan

Finance and Partnerships

Alex Lausev

Media and Marketing

Shannon Law

Development Coordinator

 Supporting Mentors

Jason Pinto

Anthony Tran

Diloshaan Sripathy

Hannah Jury

Bradley Watson

Mitchell McDermott

Tony Susilo