Murtoa College's Amy Johnston off to Sydney for UBS Young Women's Leadership Academy

MURTOA College year 11 student Amy Johnston will have to demonstrate an important leadership quality to attend a leadership academy at the weekend: courage.

She will fly solo to Sydney, where she will be involved in a week-long UBS Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Amy, 16, was one of 50 young women selected to participate.

Year 11 public school students from throughout Australia applied for the opportunity.

“One of my teachers said it would be a good thing for me to do and it’s something that I’m interested in, so I thought, why not give it a shot?” Amy said.

The program focuses on confidence building, developing leadership skills and business acumen.

With speakers such as Headspace’s Dr Patricia Spencer, UBS Global Asset Management’s Anne Anderson and Macquarie University media professor Catharine Lumby, the students will also learn about social issues such as mental health and cyber bullying.

The program will be based at the University of Sydney.

It will also include a day at UBS and a tour of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Amy said she was excited but a little nervous about flying out on her own.

She is the youngest of four children, who all live with their father at Dooen.

“Dad is really proud,” she said.

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