Growing up as the son of a school principal, Trav’s passion for conventional learning and school waned. But his resilience, love of the outdoors and leadership skills blossomed. Enlistment in the Australian Regular Army sharpened Trav’s leadership, communication and interpersonal skills which he harnessed, to great effect, in various community roles as an inspiring youth educator, helping young people including youth in crisis.

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Motivated to develop and support our next generation of leaders, Trav, an inspiring youth educator, reflects on his own experiences growing up and frequently asks: “How can we help young people discover their dreams and realise their potential?”

Youth Speaker Bio: Early life

Growing up as the son of a school principal, Trav’s passion for conventional learning and school waned. But his resilience, love of the outdoors and leadership skills blossomed.

Enlistment in the Australian Regular Army sharpened Trav’s leadership, communication and interpersonal skills which he harnessed, to great effect, in various community roles as an inspiring youth educator, helping young people including youth in crisis.

Motivated to develop and support our next generation of leaders, Trav reflects on his own experiences growing up and frequently asks: “How can we help young people discover their dreams and realise their potential?”

Youth Speaker Bio: Inspiring youth educator

Working with youth since his early twenties, and more than 20 years on, Trav Munro’s determination to positively impact young people as an inspiring youth educator, and support boys as they develop into young men, has now grown even stronger.

Inspiring youth educator, Trav Munro, strongly believes, “If you’re patient and stick to your guns, life will give you as many second chances as you’re willing to take. You’re never done until you give up.”

Youth Speaker Bio: To develop from within

Being an inspiring youth educator, the Latin meaning of ‘educo’ holds significance to Trav’s work: to develop from within, to educate, to draw out, to grow through the law of use.

Trav’s inspiring youth educator programs encompass ‘educo’ by:

  • being hands-on, interactive sessions
  • incorporating self-refection tools
  • using adventure-based learning

These education approaches help young people discover their own truth, rather than telling them how it should be. The power of adventure-based learning is that the participant never knows the outcome of the activity, so as an inspiring youth educator, Trav teaches young people to detach from the end-result; to focus and enjoy being in the moment.

Youth Speaker Bio: Turning point

In the 1990s, during Trav’s focus on becoming an inspiring youth educator, several teenagers within his circle of influence were taken by suicide. A turning point for Trav.

Around the same time, a landmark study by ‘Here For Life’, a national youth suicide prevention organisation, found that youth in Australia were second only to Pakistan as being most dissatisfied with their life.

These events cut close to home for Trav as he began working as an inspiring youth educator. He realised much more needed to be done to support the journey and psychology of becoming an adult. And that schools shouldn’t be held responsible for providing this.

With males four times more likely to die by suicide than females, helping young boys to become men, and providing teenagers with leadership skills, became a priority for Trav as an inspiring youth educator.

Youth Speaker Bio: Dealing with information overload

With the intensity and speed of internet technology, and now the convenience of smart mobile devices that help young people to do many of life’s tasks, teenagers and adults are constantly connected to a plethora of information online.

Some information is useful, other information can be damaging to young people. By using technology to, in effect, educate ourselves and find solutions to our problems, we’ve also created confusion about what is knowledge and what is wisdom.

Being an inspiring youth educator, Trav helps young people understand and recognise wisdom and the fundamental truths, as opposed to knowledge. An inspiring youth educator, Trav teaches universal truths that draw on time-honoured values of honesty, trust and integrity, and how they lead to privilege.

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