AN UPDATE FROM JAMIE & THE CREW
We like to think that most of the time we are pretty excited about the programs we deliver and those we have in the pipeline. With our latest pilot program, BALANCE we are almost jumping out of our skin!
Innovation, to be agile and pivot, they are all terms that get used a lot in business-speak. Sometimes they are warranted and in the case of our latest project, we can safely say that everyone at Lighthouse Youth Projects has been doing all three to get things up and rolling.
CoVID-19 has pushed us to be an even better organisation and reach more people than ever before. The crux of what we have developed for BALANCE relies on the core principles of our mentoring, our people. What we have created are the tools to enhance this style of delivery and also allow us to continue to work with our cohort in the event of a future lockdown. The team have been hard at work creating a curriculum, workbook and App (for both iPhone and Android) that will complement our face-to-face mentoring.
We know times are extremely tough for those who already face many challenges. Ensuring we can create some continuity and support for the young people we work with is essential to what we do.
There have been numerous added benefits that we never predicted during development. With these new tools, we can adapt to the different ways young people are engaged. Some prefer a device, some get really pumped on the magazine-style workbook we have created. It has also meant that we now have a very tangible way to work with at-risk young people in remote areas.
Currently, the program is being trialled in select schools in southern Adelaide. In 2021 we will look to build the number of schools we are working with ensuring we always provide the extremely high level of service delivery we pride ourselves on.
So how can you be involved? In the not too distant future, we will give YOU the chance to support an additional round of this groundbreaking program, so that those who may fall through the cracks will have the opportunity to participate in something that will benefit them for years to come.
Keep listening out for more about this exciting opportunity to get involved with us and the young people we work with.
In other exciting news, we are pleased to introduce to you the crew at MOOD Racing, this local team of bike enthusiasts has been generous enough to nominate us as their charity partner. If you like the idea of getting out and watching some pretty wild bike antics in the parklands make sure you give them a follow on Instagram.
We will also be holding a garage sale for our upcycled and refurbished bikes on Friday 11th September from 10am to 2pm at our city location, Level 2, 40 Sturt Street, Adelaide.
These bikes have all been repaired with the students in our mentoring sessions and checked over by our qualified staff mechanics. All proceeds from their sale will go back into running these mentoring sessions for the purchase of tools, spare parts and the like. We hope to see you there to snap up a bargain and see our new digs at Employment Options.
Thanks for helping us to #keepthestoke!!
Jamie Moore & all the Lighthouse Youth Projects crew.