Campaspe Youth Partnerships

It’s been a busy few months in Youth Partnerships with a total of 77 young people across Kyabram and Echuca being involved in one of the following programs: Junior Park Rangers, Go with the FLO, MATES Youth Mentoring and I CAN Network mentoring.

Junior Park Rangers - at the Fauna Park

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Twelve Grade 5/6 students from Echuca Specialist School, Kyabram P-12 College and St Augustine’s College completed the 9 week program facilitated by Park Ranger, Tyrell Gilligan, at the Fauna Park. A Celebration Day was held on the final day when the students reflected on what they had achieved from their involvement in the program, which were improved self-confidence and speaking skills, teamwork and better knowledge of the animals. They had lots of fun and highlights included the koalas and reptiles, feeding the animals, the scavenger hunt, meeting new people and the hands on experience.

Fourteen students from Kyabram P-12 College and St Augustine’s College participated in the Go with the FLO 4 week program facilitated by Cheryl Sweeney. Guest speakers from the business community spoke about employer expectations in the work place. CCLLEN’s Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator presented on employability skills and resume and covering letter writing. This program is to prepare the student for an individualised Flexible learning Option (FLO) program which could include workplace options. This is to assist them to get back on track with their learning.

MATES Mentoring program

The MATES program has expanded to Echuca and we now have more community members trained up as Mentors. We currently have three mentors matched with Echuca College students, another three mentors working with Echuca Specialist School students and three in Kyabram. We are in the process of matching up students at St Joseph’s College, St Augustine’s College and Kyabram P-12 College with newly trained mentors.

The mentors and mentees meet weekly at the school which builds up a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement. If you are interested in being a mentor and making a difference in the life of a young person please contact us at CCLLEN. You need to, be over 18 years old, able to commit to four hours of training, and can meet with your matched mentee for one hour a week during the school terms.