Shaping young lives for the better
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.
Young Women’s program co-ordinator Naomi Sleep with students at Gibbs Street Primary School.