Yeppoon Salvation Army Mission Leader Daniel Walters with local youth Jayden Stokes, Brandon Wiltshire, Jake Brook and Jackson Morris at Yeppoon's Skate Park where Daniel regularly holds BBQs for the skaters. Photo Amy Haydock / The Morning Bulletin
Yeppoon Salvation Army Mission Leader Daniel Walters with local youth Jayden Stokes, Brandon Wiltshire, Jake Brook and Jackson Morris at Yeppoon's Skate Park where Daniel regularly holds BBQs for the skaters. Photo Amy Haydock / The Morning Bulletin Amy Haydock

Coast youth learn about teamwork from The Salvation Army

IT'S been four years since Jackson Morris met the Salvation Army's Daniel Walters.

Since then the Year 11 Yeppoon State High School student has gone from troublemaking to being one of Daniel's best volunteers at their weekly get-together at Yeppoon's Skate Park.

Jackson said the regular contact with Daniel and the Salvos made a big difference in his life.

"It's taught me to be respectful to other people and not just at the skate park, but everywhere I go," he told the Capricorn Coast Mirror last week.

"Meeting up on the weekend for the barbecue is really fun because it gets all of your mates together in the one place," Jackson said.

"Everyone feels a part of a team when we get to cook for each other."

Jackson and his mates said they wanted to change the perception of the skate park and of themselves in the community.

"We want people to know we're not all dropkicks and that the skate park isn't a scummy place to hang out," he said.



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