Com­mu­ni­ties show sup­port for youth re­silience pro­gram

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

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