$16k for youth

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

THE Bright Com­mu­nity Bank will part­ner with Com­mu­ni­ties That Care Alpine to de­liver a youth re­silience pro­gram to schools across the Alpine Shire.

The branch has con­trib­uted $16,000 to as­sist with the roll­out of the Re­silience Project over the next two years while the Mt Beauty Com­mu­nity Bank has also made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion.

The Re­silience Project aims to im­prove and main­tain the men­tal health and well­be­ing in young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies and will be the fo­cus of cur­ricu­lum added to eight Alpine Shire schools.

Bright Com­mu­nity Bank man­ager Mark Ditcham said sup­port for youth pro­grams was one of the pri­or­i­ties put for­ward by par­tic­i­pants in a pub­lic fo­rum held last year.

“Fol­low­ing the fo­rum, the bank sought ways to make a dif­fer­ence for Alpine Shire kids and learned of the Re­silience Project be­ing un­der­taken by Alpine Health un­der the ban­ner of Com­mu­ni­ties That Care Alpine,” he said.

“We want to say thank you to the par­tic­i­pants at the Bright Com­mu­nity Bank fo­rum who so clearly pri­ori­tised youth is­sues and well done to Alpine Health for com­mit­ting to this ma­jor pub­lic health pro­gram.

“A big con­grat­u­la­tions also goes to the share­hold­ers and cus­tomers of the Bright Com­mu­nity Bank branch who en­able us to in­vest 80 per cent of prof­its back in our com­mu­nity.”

Com­mu­ni­ties That Care Alpine co­or­di­na­tor Lisa Neville said the stu­dents from prep to year 10 will take part in the Re­silience Project when it com­mences at the be­gin­ning of term two.

“The aim is to pro­vide stu­dents with prac­ti­cal ev­i­dence- based strate­gies to sup­port re­silience and sound men­tal health,” Ms Neville said.

“Teach­ers in all schools will de­liver prac­ti­cal lessons about grat­i­tude, mind­ful­ness and em­pa­thy.

“Each year level will un­der­take a dif­fer­ent num­ber of lessons, each aligned with the Vic­to­ria cur­ricu­lum.”

Pri­mary school stu­dents from Bright, Ded­erang, Mt Beauty, Myrtle­ford P12, Pore­punkah, St Mary’s and Ta­wonga will gain knowl­edge through the pro­gram along with year 7-10 stu­dents at Marian Col­lege.

Com­mu­ni­ties That Care was first pi­loted in Myrtle­ford in 2009 and its pos­i­tive re­sults led to the pro­gram be­ing ex­panded to other towns in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Alpine Health.

As part of the Re­silience Project’s roll­out there will be three par­ent in­for­ma­tion nights.

The first at the Bright Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on April 16, a sec­ond at EMPAC in Myrtle­ford on April 18 and a third at the Mt Beauty In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre on April 19.

All three will be­gin at 7pm.

PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

SUP­PORT­ING YOUNG PEO­PLE: Alpine Health’s Lisa Neville and Com­mu­ni­ties that Care Alpine chair Kar­lie Lang­don with Bright Com­mu­nity Bank’s Mark Ditcham.

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