Communities show support for youth resilience program
THE first sessions and community information evenings for a new curriculum being taken up by Alpine Shire schools have been incredibly well received according to organisers.
Over 70 teachers, 1000 students and 800 parents and community members attended sessions for The Resilience Project at Bright, Myrtleford and Mt Beauty last week.
Communities That Care Alpine coordinator Lisa Neville said the initial response to the program, which is set to be rolled out across local schools to support young people and their families, had exceeded expectations.
“The response from our community has been overwhelming, not only in attending education sessions, but also with funding to support this venture from local community groups and rural foundations,” she said.
“We have received $80,000.00 in funding from Bright Community Bank, Mt Beauty and District Community Bank, Into our Hands Foundation, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, and CommBank Foundation, nominated by the Bright and Myrtleford branches.
“Alpine Health also continues to support CTCA through the coordination of the community board.
“This funding has ensured that the participating schools are fully funded to deliver the Resilience Project in 2018 and 2019 – that means all student resources, education sessions and other costs have been covered.”
The Resilience Project founder Hugh van Cuylenburg attended all three of last week’s sessions.
Most schools will deliver The Resilience Project to primary students.
The hope is that the lessons learned will provide a solid foundation to maintain and improve mental health as students and families navigate the transitions into adolescence and throughout their life stages.
Bright P-12 College, Porepunkah Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School, Myrtleford P-12 College, Dederang Primary School, Tawonga Primary School and Mt Beauty Primary school are delivering the program in the primary area, some to whole of primary and others from grade three or four up.
Marian College elected to deliver the program to its secondary students from year seven to year 10.
CTCA will continue to monitor and evaluate the program throughout the two years to ensure that maximum benefit to the community is achieved.