Three-day course key to success




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A Katikati College student was among 22 local scholarship winners to receive their graduation certificates for completing the 2022 Acorn Foundation Dale Carnegie Youth Programme last month. Asha Dinnan-Martin was selected to attend the course that was funded by the estate of the late Mary and Roy McGowan and has been offered to local students since 2010. “Thanks to this wonderful support from Acorn donors Roy and Mary McGowan, dozens of Katikati College students over the years have been provided a scholarship to attend a youth version of a course that has taught skills for success in the professional and personal lives of millions of people around the world,” says Acorn Foundation CEO Lori Luke. Year 13 students from 11 Western Bay of Plenty schools were selected for this programme. This three-day course teaches the Dale Carnegie five drivers of success: building greater selfconfidence, strengthening people skills, enhancing communication skills, developing leadership skills and reducing stress and worry. The Acorn Foundation has long partnered with Dale Carnegie BOP Waikato and Priority One’s InStep programme to offer this youthfocussed course which helps young people improve both their self-confidence and personal communication techniques. Each of the students gave a short speech during the graduation ceremony about what they had learned — an act that many mentioned they would never have the confidence to do before attending the course.