Burn Bright is a leading provider of student leadership and wellbeing programs. Blending digital innovation and independent learning, our programs are flexible, accessible and experiential, tailored to primary and secondary students. Burn Bright has delivered over 1,000 tailor-made programs to over 90,000 different students across every state and territory.
Our program development and delivery are firmly grounded in the most up-to-date wellbeing, psychology, and education research. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach; each and every Burn Bright program is highly focused, tailored and adapted to the needs of the student and the school. Our programs are experiential, and with a focus on positive mindsets and healthy relationships, demonstrating how students can turn theory into action by practicing skills learnt before applying them in their own lives.
Engage your students with collaborative challenges, relevant personal stories from our facilitators, and a seamless interactive experience with our In-Person programs. Our team of facilitators travel to schools across Australia and New Zealand delivering full-day and half-day programs that explore the concepts of Leadership and Wellbeing.
The transition to high school is an enormous time of change and can often be challenging and unsettling for young people. It is vital that students build a sense of connectedness with their peers and the wider school community. If students are able to lay the foundation for the future early then high school can be an enjoyable and successful stage in their life. The Year 7 ‘Recipe For Success’ program provides students with a toolkit to help them build important skills that will assist them in this time of transition. It assists young people to build a sense of identity, supports new friendships and enhances self efficacy to improve resilience.
The early high school years are formative for friendships and are when students begin to explore their identity. This is an enormous period of change and it is important that young people build a sense of connectedness with their peers and school community. ‘It’s In Our DNA’ is our friendships and passions program that seeks to explore peer-to-peer relationships and the importance of finding and following what you are passionate about with those around you. It looks at the joys that authentic and meaningful friendships bring and provides strategies and ideas to aid students’ navigation through friendships during the school years. Burn Bright empowers students with the skills to enjoy friendships constructively and how to navigate them when they become tricky. We explore with students what passions are and how these can be a meaningful catalyst to find purpose, enjoyment, belonging and identity in their life.
A leadership program designed specifically for Years 8-10. An interactive reflection on that before we lead, we must first start to look within. Growing the next generation of leaders should start in the early years of high school. At Burn Bright, we believe that an exploration of leadership from an early age builds and develops strong, resilient and empathetic leaders who are willing to serve and put others first. Whilst students in year 8 to 10 may not have a badge or hold a particular leadership position an introduction to key leadership concepts and an understanding of how to lead one’s self is vital for future development. This program engages students whilst making leadership relevant to their current stage of life. It explores the power of our influence, servant leadership, resilience, the importance of healthy relationships and fostering an understanding that we are always leading in some capacity. The content and messages are aspirational and broad but are designed to specifically challenge students to recognise how they can become effective leaders and use their influence from a young age.
The journey to manhood has never been an easy one and involves a search for identity and meaning. More and more boys are growing up without healthy male role models and as a result lack the guidance to live healthy and respectful lives. IGNITE is designed to challenge traditional concepts of manhood and to help young boys grow into men with strength, integrity and respect. With only the boys together, our program is designed specifically to engage young men with new thoughts and positive messages about how they can live happier and more genuine lives. The program becomes a catalyst for challenging conversations about being a man in the 21st century. The day explores three important values for growing into a man: strength, integrity and respect. This program is very active in nature and allows boys to be boys.
There are so many influences on young women which make their journey through adolescence sometimes tricky and conflicting. Having to navigate peer pressure, body image, media influences, expectations, online and digital spaces and much more can be daunting and often girls find it difficult to deal with these changes that are occurring. With only the girls together, this program will discover how young women can seek to respect themselves and others in their immediate worlds. SPARK provides the tools which help young women build confidence, positively express themselves, understand their values, cultivate gratitude and perspective and build their capacity to be resilient. The program aims to enhance emotional intelligence and empowers students to build positive and healthy relationships with their peers, parents and their community.
The digital group program is a hybrid option that includes a digital and face to face component. It is a 1 hour 45 minute – 2 hour and 15 minute experience that explores either student wellbeing or leadership and is ready to be implemented in your school today.
Continue your student’s leadership or wellbeing journey with our digital individual courses. Specifically designed to be flexibly implemented into your wellbeing or leadership programs. These modules include individual student logins, a teacher dashboard to track student progress and lesson plans with follow up face to face resources – this online program is ready to be implemented in your online classroom today.
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I found Burn Bright in the midst of studying civil engineering at the University of Wollongong, just as I wanted a richer, deeper, more full experience of life.
Through Burn Bright, I have met many students and volunteers who are all seeking to find their place in the world. When we come together at NLC or SLC, no matter our age, we begin on the same page, of wanting to do good for ourselves, our community, and the world. And then we are thrown into a program that brings us closer to each other, our purpose, and how to bring forth this impact. It’s like having your cake and eating it too.
Volunteering with Burn Bright stoked a fire in me – It helped me feel comfortable in myself and made me realise life isn’t just about work, study, or productivity, but our relationships and how we connect with others along the way.
I have learned skills in videography, worked for a top-tier corporation in marketing, and most recently published a book called “18 and lost? So were we”
I have a passion for storytelling, bring loads of energy wherever I go, and am dedicated to helping young people move through the initiation of leaving high school and going into the ‘real world’.
The best part for me is being able to stay connected to the latest generation growing through high school. To see them grow, expand and express more of themselves is like watching an artwork paint itself. It’s magic.
I am Simon Thurston, a Kiwi based in Perth. I work as an Instructional Designer and in my spare time I enjoy reading, running, and board games.
Since my initial connection to Burn Bright I have been onboard with their mission. Burn Bright’s focus on building the capabilities enables students of all ages to see how they can shape their world through connections with others and their own self discovery.
Seeing others grow, learn, and open up is what keeps me coming back, to help others realise their potential and how they can influence their future and their community is a definite highlight. It’s infectious, the atmosphere when they run a program or camp is welcoming, exciting, emotional, and rewarding all in one.
Hi, friends! I’m Kelsie, a psychologist from central QLD working in private practice. I got involved with Burn Bright officially in 2016, but the journey started long before that. I attended the National Leadership Camp (now hosted annually by Burn Bright) in 2009. It had such a profound impact on me that I returned as a mentor and volunteer. Those connections ultimately lead me to joining the Burn Bright team as an adult.
When I transitioned from facilitating with the Burn Bright team to working as a psychologist, I was so grateful for an incredible foundation of skills (particularly facilitation, communication and interpersonal skills) along with a strong grounding in positive psychology that Burn Bright integrates into their ethos.
I can’t imagine my life without volunteering for Burn Bright. I have met some of my dearest friends through the Burn Bright crew. I’ve found that volunteering for BB is rewarding, humbling, and often brings as much personal growth for the volunteer as it does for the young person.
From a professional perspective, I love that Burn Bright programs/camps support the adolescent individuation process by providing an exciting and supportive environment for teens to explore their own sense of self, personality, identify and values alongside other young people.
Imagine this POV: you’re back at school wanting to figure everything out and fit in – and you find
yourself in a room with amazing music that uplifts you and hooks you in. You meet the team of
dynamic, interesting, caring facilitators whose own friendships inspire you. Their facilitation skills bring about amazing light-bulb moments and lessons that light a fire inside you… It makes me want to feel that for myself again. The next best thing, for me, is volunteering for the team who passes that on to other young people.
My start at Burn Bright is one of the best cases of one door closing and another door opening. After losing my job at a local pub while on uni holidays, I started looking for new opportunities that were different and decided to volunteer. Searching for opportunities, I found working bees, community driving and nursing home visits, but the chance to become a National Leadership Camp intern stood out. Over nearly six months, I worked with the team to pull off Burn Bright’s first National Leadership Camp, and had an absolute blast in the process. After camp, I started working for Burn Bright while studying, doing anything and everything — data analysis, hiring strategy and even picking up furniture.
Finishing up working for Burn Bright in 2019, I am still actively involved with the Burn Bright volunteer community. I’ve found that the emphasis placed on investing in your relationships, understanding your values and making an impact allow you to be accepted for you. This has given me the tools needed to make the difficult decisions that life will inevitably throw at you. Besides all that, I’ve had a ton of fun and formed life-long friendships with people I may have never crossed paths with otherwise. “Get involved — you’ll change your life for the better and make life‑long friends in the process”.
I am a health science student from Perth wanting to get into the mental health realm of occupational therapy. In the meantime, I work as a barista and supervisor at a beachside café. In my spare time, I love to play netball, be around my friends and I have just gotten into crocheting. I went to Perth College where I was lucky enough to go to the first Perth College Leadership Camp in 2018 as a student and absolutely loved it. What really drew me in was the atmosphere that was created, the open conversations, and the lasting relationships formed.
Since then I have been a mentor for the Perth College Leadership Camp in 2019, 2020, and 2021 and had the opportunity to go to the National Leadership Camp in 2019. When Burn Bright comes to Perth I also love helping out at their programs as much as I can.
Volunteering for Burn Bright has given me so much that I could never have imagined. I have learned so much about myself and I have so much more confidence in myself and my abilities that I know I wouldn’t have had if I wasn’t exposed to the amazing opportunities volunteering for Burn Bright has given me. Before being involved I would never have seen myself being a mentor, role model, and facilitator to students, but now I can confidently say that I am, and I have made an impact on others that I am proud of. I have also made so many meaningful connections to so many amazing people from all around Australia through Burn Bright. I get asked quite a bit why I keep coming back to my old school to volunteer and it’s simply because I was given this amazing opportunity to be a part of the Burn Bright programs and if I can help facilitate that experience to someone else then why wouldn’t I?
I was born in Perth and moved to Sydney in my early 20’s to continue work as a youth worker and surfboard maker. This was followed by 30 years working in IT as a computer programmer.
Following retirement in 2016 I searched for an organisation that was aligned with my values of servant leadership and service, especially in the youth space. This search led to Burn Bright where I am now volunteering one day a week and mentoring at the National Leadership Camp. Volunteering with Burn Bright gives me a great deal of hope and confidence in the next generation of leaders. It is a pleasure to be a part of the Burn Bright family.
I have been married to Denise for 41 years and we both very much feel part of the Burn Bright team.
When not at Burn Bright you may find me running along Manly beach, riding my mountain bike or indulging in my passion for photography.
Hi! I’m Rosie, a 20-something full-time public servant, part-time Tassie tourism advocate.
I am passionate about seeing young people succeed, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than watching them become the next generation of change-makers.
I have been a champion of the ethos and work of Burn Bright since its inception in 2014, and consider them to be the leading experts in their field. By delivering impactful leadership and wellbeing programs to students across Australia, they offer the knowledge, skills and engagement to invoke lasting positive change in school communities.
The Burn Bright team are dedicated, inclusive and values-driven, which is why I love working with them.