The I CAN Network
I CAN Network has come to Echuca. In May, Chris Varney, CEO I CAN Network and Kate Andrews, I CAN Murray Goulburn Manager, presented the I CAN talk to all secondary students at St Joseph’s College, Echuca College and Echuca Specialist School on the one day and also ran a combined staff Professional Development session after school and a Parent Information Night in the evening.
The I CAN message has certainly got out there with 16 secondary students from the three schools participating in the Secondary Mentoring program which commenced in July. Already, after three sessions, the group has settled into the program, are mixing well and getting involved in the group activities. The program is held at Bendigo TAFE Echuca Campus and facilitated by Network Leader Sally Smith and Mentor Bec Cheep on a Thursday.
Kyabram is in their second year of I CAN with the secondary mentoring program half way through their 15 week program facilitated by Kate Andrews and Will Baum at Kyabram Community and Learning Centre. This group includes some mentees from last year’s program who are completing Stage 2 of the structured program and are training to be become future mentors.
‘The Imagination Club’ for Grade 3-6 students, run by Kate Andrews and Sally Smith at Kyabram, is proving popular with the 16 students with a ‘big imagination’.
All the mentoring programs follow a series of modules over 15 sessions to develop strong leadership and communication skills, teamwork, personal motivation and strengths, saying I CAN, planning and organising. The outcomes for participants include an increase in self-esteem, social connection, optimism and self-confidence.