Report card outstanding
Learning Ground ‘finest example’ of program helping young people develop skills
A WESTERN Sydney University study has concluded that Mt Druitt Learning Ground is an “outstanding” program.
A research team released the findings of its six-month study at a lunch at Rooty Hill RSL last Tuesday.
The findings follow a media report highlighting two Mt Druitt women as the case study for an Investing In Youth report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The report revealed 580,000 Australians aged 15 to 29 were “not in employment, education and training”.
The two women, aged 21 and 17, were quoted as saying they would rather be “dead than work” and aspired to “never get a job”.
The Mt Druitt Learning Ground program, run by Chain Reaction Foundation, offers behavioural change management and educational help to disadvantaged children and their families. “They said that it’s the finest example they have found ... of social and emotional literacy,” Chain Reaction president Margaret Bell said.
“It’s very successful in building self-respect and self-esteem. The outcomes were very surprising.”
The program, which has been operating out of Bidwill for about 13 years, equips young people with the skills to achieve a better education and life experience.
Learning Ground not only helps troubled young people handle bullying, criticism, anger and social environments but also works with their families to form a solid support network.
While the two Mt Druitt girls were described as “selfish and happily jobless”, Ms Bell said her experience with young people in Mt Druitt was the opposite.
It’s very successful in building self-respect and self-esteem Margaret Bell