At GNX Leaders, we work with young people in a fun and friendly environment to develop their understanding of their values, their ambitions and who they are as people.
Our workshops do not require an application - just a willingness to learn and challenge oneself.
We live in a rapidly changing world. New innovations are changing our everyday life. Society ten years ago looks very different to society today. However, our school system is not meeting these changing demands. Teachers feel pressured to include all the hundreds of teaching points in the curriculum into a 40-week lesson plan while experiencing the pressure of ensuring students are developed as well-rounded individuals as well.
GNX Leaders allow teachers to leave the worrying of some of those crucial life skills of their students to us.
We're passionate about moving away from rote learning and moving into a realm of skill development. We are especially passionate about encouraging students to think critically about the status quo and understand their role in challenging the world they live in while simultaneously doing the right thing as a contributing citizen of a society.
Our workshops encourage participation and self-reflection and include a variety of activities in order to engage young people in the workshop material.
At the end of each of our workshops, we will have worked with each participant to develop a plan to ensure the implementation of their learning. Our workshops do not begin and end with a facilitator walking through the door.
We aim to engage with parents and teachers after our workshops to ensure the participants' support networks can assist in progressing the participants' development and encourage them along this journey.
The teen years can be an incredibly stressful part of any person's life. It is a time where young people begin to develop their own opinions and reasoning behind these opinions. It is the time where they begin to work out who they really are as people - their values, their ambitions and their beliefs - and who they want to become. They start to develop their strengths and identify and target their silences.
For many young people, school can be perceived as a negative environment, involving study and social anxieties. It can be a stressful place to start developing these essential understandings.
GNX Leaders is committed to catering to each participants' need to allow time for these aspects of their person to be explored, developed and understood in each of our workshops.
We also provide one-on-one mentoring to young people who are focused on developing their career and standing out from the crowd.
We run a number of different workshops relating to a list of life skills required both during and after school.
We work with each individual educational institution to discuss the workshop contents and delivery.
Some workshops we have run in the past include the following:
Mock Parliament (Primary and Secondary education)
Understanding the Global Goals (Primary and Secondary education)
How the Australian political system works (Primary and Secondary education)
Becoming changemakers in a school environment (Primary and Secondary education)
Financial literacy and future planning (Secondary and tertiary education)
How to develop a successful social enterprise (Secondary and tertiary education)
Employment readiness and career development (Secondary and tertiary education)
Creating passionate changemakers (Secondary and tertiary education)
At the end of each of our workshops, participants will feel more confident in their capability and understanding
of a variety of practical skills including but not limited to the following:
Understanding the self
Understanding the self in the context of others
Understanding the self in the context of the changing world
Operating in a team environment
Communicating with all people in different situations
Understanding principles of innovation and entrepreneurship
Finding confidence in areas in need of improvement
Thriving under pressure
Taking on new challenges while maintaining sound mental and physical health
Understanding local, national and global issues and how to respond
Understanding individual passions, drivers and key goals in life
Creating a plan to strive for success
Integrating success and impact in everyday life
We offer group workshops to primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions as well as to community groups, organisations and clubs. We cater predominantely to ages 7 to 22 years, but we are flexible to work with people outside this age range.
If you are passionate about kick-starting your career, we offer one-to-one mentoring. Whether you want assistance in developing your experience, sharpening your CV or getting expert advice on your business or campaign, we can provide the assistance you deserve!
GNX is proud to offer a range of community events to assist young people in their development. We run both paid and free events in partnership with government and corporate sponsors. To stay up-to-date with upcoming events, follow us on social media!
GNX Leaders was founded by Caterina Sullivan, an award-winning expert in sustainability.
At the age of 20, Caterina founded the Global Goals Australia Campaign, a nation-wide campaign focused on the awareness and achievement of the United Nations' 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
At the age of 21, she established Strategic Sustainability Consultants, a for-profit social enterprise focused on assisting businesses, government departments and not-for-profit organisations understand and implement economic, social and environmental sustainability into their business practices.
Caterina has since started a number of other businesses, including GNX Leaders, a design label named Louise Clare Designs, and a recycled yarn manufacturing business, called Fancy Yarns.
She runs a podcast, Politics Done Differently, as well as a blog and YouTube channel.
Caterina sits on a number of committees including the National Council of Women ACT, Diversity ACT and the ACT Placenames Committee. Most recently, Caterina has been appointed Regional Coordinator of MGI Australasia.
Caterina has extensive leadership experience and has been recognised by a number of prestigious awards including being named as a Finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Awards, being named runner-up in the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards, being named as a Young Social Pioneer and being nominated for the Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year Awards and the NSW / ACT Young Achiever Award.
Caterina has worked with young people for a number of years and finds her energy and drive in knowing she can share her knowledge, skills and expertise with the next generation.
CEO, GNX Leaders
PO Box 6157,
O'Connor ACT 2602