Braidwood youths return from trek of the Larapinta Trail

It was a once in a lifetime experience for Braidwood youth Michelle Guinane who was a part of the trek to Larapinta Trail.

She was a part of the team of 11 students from Braidwood who went on a six-day trek of the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory recently.

The Braidwood Central student called it an amazing experience.

"It was physically challenging at times but at the end of the day, when we reached our destination, we felt a sense of accomplishment," she said.

They were joined by students from Goulburn as well.

"At the start of the trek, we did not know other members that well but towards the end, we bonded and formed new friendships," the Year 11 student added.

Goulburn youth Bella Remington who took part in the program said the trip was an amazing experience and opportunity for young people wanting to become youth mentors in the community.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council's youth services coordinator Luke Wallace said the trek left a lasting impact on the young people who undertook the walk.

"They learnt new things about themselves, which for some participants included self-healing from past events and the ability to focus on the direction they would like to move their life in the future.

"Moving forward we will be beginning to look at how we can make this an annual program for young people in our community."

The Youth Mentoring Program is a part of Terry Campese Foundation and is aimed at young people from Braidwood Central School who are aged between 14-18 years.

Through this unique program, the Foundation aims to support the region's youth to learn and develop leadership skills, community skills, volunteering and community support and pathways for future development in work, education and other pursuits.