Kids driving change
Benalla P-12 College and the Tomorrow Today Foundation have joined forces for the Kids as Catalysts program, which empowers Year 6 students to lead creative community change.
The program encourages children to identify a positive change that would benefit Benalla before pitching that concept to a judging panel in order to secure funding.
That panel included Mayor Don Firth, Benalla P-12 principal Barbara O’Brien and leaders from Benalla Police, Benalla Health, the Rotary and Lions clubs and Tomorrow Today.
The diverse range of projects included raising awareness about house fires and their prevention, building nest boxes for the threatened turquoise parrot, increasing participation in the CWA and Girl Guides, and supporting a local homework club.
Tomorrow Today wellbeing co-ordinator Cathy Heir said the students were outstanding.
‘‘This program is about enabling children to build capacity and confidence through helping others and they really rose to that challenge,’’ Mrs Hair said.
Judges were so impressed with the ideas put forward that they approved funding for every group that presented.
A grant from Benalla Rural City is helping finance those initiatives which require funding, while some will rely solely on the students’ time and talent.
Participants will now move onto the next stage of the program, where they will turn their ideas into real philanthropic ventures.
The final project reports will be presented on September 8 at the Lakeside Community Centre.
● Members of the community are encouraged to come along. If you are interested, please confirm your attendance by phoning 5762 1211 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting involved: Benalla P-12 students have enjoyed taking part in Kids as Catalysts.