Campaspe Youth Partnerships
An update on some of the programs in action across Campaspe Youth Partnerships -
I CAN Network
The I CAN mentoring programs continue to be a special time of the week for many of our Autistic and imaginative young people in our local area where they feel connected and comfortable.
After information sessions held in both Kyabram and Echuca in March with Guest Speaker Chris Varney, CEO I CAN Network, and Kate Andrews, Murray Goulburn I CAN Manager, we filled four combined schools programs with up to 16 students in each.
We have a Kyabram Secondary program and Imagination Club (primary based) with students from Kyabram P-12 College, Rushworth P-12 College and St Augustine’s College.
In Echuca we have a secondary mentoring program with students from Echuca College, St Joseph’s College, River City Christian College and Echuca Specialist School and the Imagination Club with students from Twin Rivers PS, Echuca Primary School and Echuca Specialist School.
Junior Park Rangers at Kyabram Fauna Park
Twelve excited primary school students from Echuca Specialist School, Rushworth P-12 College Kyabram P-12 College and St Augustine’s College commenced the Junior Park Rangers program in May meeting and touching a lizard, a snake and a joey on the first day. The Junior Park Rangers are meeting every Friday afternoon and working on a veggie garden project.
MATES Mentoring program:
The MATES mentoring program has continued at our secondary schools: St Augustine’s College, Kyabram P-12 College, Echuca College, St Joseph’s College and Echuca Specialist School with 13 young people currently matched up with volunteers from the community. They meet weekly at the school offering support and friendship with some undertaking projects. We are now expanding to Rushworth P-12 College and Cohuna Secondary College.