Shap­ing young lives for the bet­ter

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South-east Metropolitan - Su­sanne Reilly

IN the south-east met­ro­pol­i­tan area, there are a group of peo­ple help­ing young men and women to be­come ex­tra­or­di­nary adults.

They call them­selves Ed­ven­tures and they have been work­ing tire­lessly for many years to change the lives of school stu­dents.

The Young Women’s and Men’s pro­gram runs at Cloverdale, Man­ning and Gibbs Street pri­mary schools and aims to pro­vide young peo­ple with op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop life skills and com­pe­ten­cies in a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment.

“This is achieved through the de­liv­ery of weekly af­ter­school pro­grams that are longterm, safe, con­sis­tent, pre­dictable and flex­i­ble to young peo­ple’s needs,” gen­eral man- ager Bray­den Zeer said.

“Our goal is to pro­mote the so­cial and emo­tional well­be­ing of young peo­ple, en­hance young peo­ple’s con­nec­tion to their school, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties and teach prac­ti­cal life skills.”

The Young Women’s and Men’s pro­gram runs ev­ery week at the schools.

“The girls and boys pro­grams are run sep­a­rately to each other on dif­fer­ent days,” Mr Zeer said.

We do this be­cause young women and men are fac­ing dif­fer­ent de­vel­op­men­tal chal­lenges and it is nice for young women and men to get to­gether in sol­i­dar­ity with our very cool youth men­tors.

“The young peo­ple love the pro­gram.

“Some of the teach­ers and par­ents told us the pro­gram day is their stu­dent’s or child’s favourite day.

“They feel safe and ac­cepted when they at­tend the pro­gram.

“Since they are able to at­tend for the whole year, the group be­comes like a fam­ily.

“We are able to go through so much to­gether and that is what cre­ates such a last­ing im­pact on the par­tic­i­pants’ lives.”

Ed­ven­tures was re­cently pre­sented with a $9300 grant as part of the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Bank Com­mu­nity Grants pro­gram.

The grant will support the Young Women’s and Men’s pro­gram.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Young Women’s pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Naomi Sleep with stu­dents at Gibbs Street Pri­mary School.

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