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Young Leaders Day Encourages Students to Dream

Experience a 3D-lifestyle. This is the goal that the inspirational New Zealand leaders set for the more than 2,000 students who attended the National Young Leaders Day (NYLD), held at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau earlier today.

Students were able to hear from Laura Langman, a Silver Fern and Northern Mystics player, and Cam Calkoen, an athlete and founder of the Carabiner Mentoring Programme, as in addition to Jamie Fitzgerald, chief executive at The Mind Lab Frances Valintine and Charlie Laumatia, presenter of Attitude Programmes for Schools.

NYLD events challenge students to live a 3-D life by dreaming, daring and enhancing their leadership skills.

"Just like a 3D film that explodes off the screen, the experience of a 3D life is superior to a boring flat one," NYLD manager Annette Fale says.

"Dream what your ideal life might be... then follow that dream. Dare to do the brave and scary things that make life exciting. Your strengths are your biggest assets. There's a lot more to you than you realize. Students were taught that hard work, vision and determination are the keys to a prosperous life.

Frances Valintine was a driving driver behind Media Design School. In 2013, she launched The Mind Lab in Newmarket - a facility dedicated to teaching robotics, electronics, programming, film making animation, science technology and animation to children aged 4 to 15 years old.

Frances dared the young leaders to prepare for an ever-changing future.

"To prepare for the future, you must to be open in your thinking - curiosity will be your biggest strength not technology, not how well you can play Minecraft, but curiosity and discovery," Frances said, as the students wrote notes in their notebooks.

"Wake up every morning and think about ways that I can improve things.
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The day was not only inspiring, but also enjoyable. A performance by The Laughing Samoans, interactive games and 3D video clips were the highlights of the day.

Since 2001, more than 90,000 New Zealand students have attended a National Young Leaders Day. Every year, events are held in Auckland, Wellington and Palmerston North, Rotorua. Christchurch and Dunedin.