About the National Aspiring Leaders Summit

Outward Bound's Aspiring Leaders Program is one of its fastest growing and most successful programs. This program is being delivered around the country for local communities such as the Hunter Region and on a national scale. The National Aspiring Leaders Summit was launched in 2007 and has already garnered strong support from corporate Australia and other social sector organisations.


trust_astrustee_rgbscaledThe National Aspiring Leaders Summit is one of Australia's peak leadership events. It brings together young people from across Australia to participate in a seven day program that provides them with the necessary skills and experiences to return to their community and make a difference. The young people walk away from the program with a plan to complete a Community Action Project.

The National Aspiring Leaders program is innovative in the way it works with other not-for-profit organisations. Outward Bound and The Smith Family will now be able to continue providing leadership opportunities to young people across Australia thanks to a new partnership with The Trust Company.

Outward Bound Australia and The Smith Family were selected by The Trust Company as one of 17 Strategic Partners in the not-for-profit sector, as part of its Engaged Philanthropy Strategy.

The partnership will see a multi-year financial commitment from The Trust Company as Trustee for the Fred P. Archer Charitable Trust to fund the NALS Program for three years, giving Outward Bound and The Smith Family the necessary resources to offer young people across Australia the opportunity to learn leaderships skills that can help them make a difference in their communities.

The National Aspiring Leaders Summit falls into The Trust Company’s program area of Social Inclusive Education, with the program focusing on developing the necessary skills, attitudes and behaviours in young people that will allow them to effectively address social problems and declines in modern society as positive leaders.

At a fundamental level, NALS addresses six declines in modern society through experiential education and facilitation: self-discipline; compassion; initiative and enterprise; fitness; memory and imagination; and skill and care.

By addressing these social declines and providing young people with resilience, confidence and self-awareness, Outward Bound and The Smith Family, together with The Trust Company, aim to engage young people and encourage a significant, long-term positive impact in Australian communities.

For more information about the NALS Program, or if you are interested in partnering with Outward Bound to offer young Australians life-changing opportunities, contact:


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