Ben­e­fi­cial work­shops

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The room was buzzing with an­tic­i­pa­tion as Be­nalla stu­dents met with To­mor­row To­day and Seer Data and An­a­lyt­ics, two or­gan­i­sa­tions at the fore­front of find­ing in­no­va­tive ways to tackle so­cial prob­lems.

Two in­ter­ac­tive work­shops were held to iden­tify is­sues in the Be­nalla com­mu­nity that mat­ter to young peo­ple.

The range of is­sues iden­ti­fied in­cluded bul­ly­ing, youth sui­cide, drug abuse, the en­vi­ron­ment, lack of en­ter­tain­ment for young peo­ple, and lim­ited ed­u­ca­tional and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The groups were guided through a series of ques­tions to en­able them to fur­ther ex­plore each is­sue. They were en­cour­aged to think through why each prob­lem had not been solved al­ready and what an ideal so­lu­tion would look like.

Project co­or­di­na­tor Sally Mathe­son was thrilled with the level of en­gage­ment and in­ter­est from the stu­dents.

‘‘This project is pro­vid­ing Be­nalla’s young peo­ple with com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, dig­i­tal lit­er­acy, and creative and prob­lem­solv­ing skills that are needed to sur­vive and thrive in the work­place,’’ Ms Mathe­son said.

‘‘It is es­ti­mated that Aus­tralians will make 17 changes in em­ploy­ers across five dif­fer­ent fu­ture.

‘‘It is crit­i­cal that our young peo­ple de­velop a port­fo­lio of flex­i­ble skills that will give them the great­est ad­van­tage when they enter the work­force.’’

The next step in the project will oc­cur dur­ing the Septem­ber school hol­i­days.

The stu­dents will par­tic­i­pate in a cocre­ation work­shop with some of Aus­tralia’s top dig­i­tal de­sign­ers.

‘‘The fo­cus will be on find­ing a dig­i­tal so­lu­tion to help solve the key is­sues that have been iden­ti­fied,’’ Ms Mathe­son said. ca­reers in the not too dis­tant

‘‘The young peo­ple are very ex­cited about the next step in the project. They are look­ing for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to code­sign apps and com­puter pro­grams.’’

There is still an op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to get in­volved in this de­sign and prob­lem-solv­ing chal­lenge.

The next work­shop will be held on Septem­ber 26 and places are avail­able for six girls and four boys aged 13 to 16.

If you or some­one you know would like to par­tic­i­pate, phone the To­mor­row To­day Foun­da­tion on 5762 1211 be­fore Septem­ber 7.

En­gaged: Stu­dents take part in To­mor­row To­day’s com­mu­nity dig­i­tal project.

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