Araura College - Aitutaki - Leadership development

At the end of February 2017, our team of leadership instructors and communication experts travelled to the outer Pacific Island of Aitutaki to deliver a leadership development program to 60 of the island's local youth.


The idea for the project came about during a visit to the Island of Aitutaki in 2015, when we met with local village elders, the Mayor, church leaders and the principal of the only high school. They were all in unanimous agreement that the island's youth were in need of leadership training, and it was noted that being a smaller island of the Cook Islands meant they often missed out on training and development initiatives.


Seeing the Boys Brigade conduct a parade on a beautiful Sunday morning after church, we were invited to lunch by the church minister, who was very excited about the idea of our team coming back to run a leadership course. They realised that our military background, military based leadership framework and experience with youth development were a perfect match to what would work with their young people.



We needed support to make the project a reality! We were very grateful to secure sponsorship early on from Air Rarotonga for our team's internal flights within the Cook Islands. Then in September 2016, we used Start Some Good to gather more support and successfully crowd-fund $7000 for the project. The funds raised have helped with providing equipment and resources for the students, travel costs, and especially with keeping the cost of the project down for the local community.



Participants gained an understanding of team leadership and have had a chance to lead a team using effective functional leadership methods. Students achieved the following learnings and outcomes as part of their leadership training:

  • Unique and effective problem solving and decision making tools

  • Opportunity to lead a team in a practical learning scenario

  • Prepared to participate in advanced leadership training

  • Able to effectively lead a team in multiple environments

  • More confident and better communicators

  • Understand leadership principles and theories

  • Certification by Future Leaders upon program completion


With the support of the local community, the project aims to help the young people of Aitutaki contribute to their community, give them the skills needed to succeed if they choose to travel and work abroad and develop them for any future leadership roles they may wish to pursue.


We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all our sponsors and supporters who have helped Future Leaders Academy make this project possible for the youth of Aitutaki!

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