$16k for youth
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.
SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE: Alpine Health’s Lisa Neville and Communities that Care Alpine chair Karlie Langdon with Bright Community Bank’s Mark Ditcham.