Wheels To Work is our regional initiative as part of the Regional Employment Trails (RET) program.
Late last year the Lighthouse crew headed to Murray Bridge to deliver our GET STOKED WHEELS TO WORK workshop to young people in the Riverlands who might not normally get the chance to ride bikes and need some additional support to make the 'next step' in their lives.
As the name suggests, it's our way of using bikes as a conduit for change for young people who are currently unemployed or underemployed. One of the main goals of Wheels To Work is to assist individuals to engage with their local community and employment networks
Words are a lovely way to tell a story, moving pictures can do so much more. Watch our latest video below to see just how important these programs are for the youth of today.
As regional areas struggle to retain young people within the community and create meaningful employment the RET program is designed to deliver:
- stronger connections between regional stakeholders, including employment services providers
- tailored employment initiatives that meet local needs
- improved awareness of local labour markets
- the potential for improved regional employment outcomes
Our focus for the GET STOKED workshop was on teaching riding and mechanic skills as well as facilitating engagement with local employers, providing career information and the potential to connect with mentors.
To find out more about Wheels To Work or register your interest for upcoming events please email email@example.com
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We are stoked to be sharing with you an update from our newest program, RiDE, that is being delivered in Tasmania and South Australia. A partnership with MAS National, RiDE is designed to develop;
“Resilience through Inspiration & Determination leading to Employment for at-risk unemployed youth."
RiDE goes much deeper than just turning pedals over. We all know the benefits of exercise and how it can improve heath, wellbeing and enhance learning. The RiDE program seeks to take advantage of these benefits and is a mix of riding and vocational and non-vocational workshops aimed to improve skills and knowledge. RIDE is designed to give young people the best chance of success in employment or further training.
The changes we have seen in participants are nothing short of amazing! From incredible personal growth and confidence to securing traineeships and apprenticeships. The work each of our young people have put in has made us all extremely proud mentors.
"Our first intake for the RiDE Program had a 89% completion rate and with many positive employment and training outcomes"
Jamie Moore, Co-Founder, Lighthouse Youth Projects
This program is continuing to be delivered in South Australia and Tasmania. If you would like to find out more or offer your support [please click here get in touch](https://www.lighthouseyp.org/contact-us)!
Over the past few weeks, it's been awesome to see the bikes that were generously donated in our 2019 Drive to Ride make their way through another life cycle and hit the road again.
Not only is it great to see these steeds avoid hard rubbish, our little bit towards helping to reduce our impact on the world, but it’s been a ripper opportunity to teach kids at our Concrete Sessions tips and tricks to bike maintenance and repair!
The bike photographed was a cracker of an MTB generously donated, and we were happy to see it rolling again last week. We can't thank enough the donors who were willing to give their old mountain bikes a fresh spin with new riders.
Everyone at LYP is still buzzing after the big March fundraiser at the [360 Allstars](http://www.onyx-productions.com/360allstars/) show at Gluttony for the Adelaide Fringe.
Not only were we able to treat a group of very excited and deserving kids the opportunity to see behind the scenes at the incredible 360 Allstars show and meet pro bmx flatland rider Peter Sore, but a percentage of ticket sales on the night have also been donated to Lighthouse, which we are so stoked and grateful for. Every bit of support we receive gives us more opportunity to help local kids in need!
If you missed the show but still want to [donate](https://lighthouseyp.org/donate) towards LYP, we are always happy to accept donations, however big or small!
We are so psyched to be able to share with you guys that this Thursday, March 14 at 6:30pm, 360 Allstars will be donating a percentage of every ticket sold for their incredible Adelaide Fringe show, to Lighthouse Youth Projects!
The show is a supercharged urban circus featuring basketball, breakdancing, beatboxing, acrobatics, drumming... and the 2 x World Champion BMX Flatlander!
We would be so thrilled if you would please come and support us and the show, bring as many friends as you are able, and be sure to select "LIGHTHOUSE FUNDRAISER" when booking your tickets online or at the box office.
As an added bonus, the guys from 360 all stars are gifting tickets to the show to some special kids that we work with, kids who would not otherwise get an opportunity to be treated to a night out like this, and we are so appreciative of this incredibly generous support of what we do here at Lighthouse.
The more people we can get along to see the show this Thursday night, the more money donated to LYP, which in turn, gives us the opportunity to help more kids!
Hope to see you there! Spread the word, tag as many mates as you can in this post, and share with as many people as you can!
This week we were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to connect with our friends from the Keith Area school and Bordertown Primary and High Schools, with another couple of days spent in the South East.
Running through skills workshops and BMX sessions with this group of young rippers was enough to really get us stoked for the year to come. It's such a great privilege to get to know individual kids and help them along their journeys by getting to know their story.
While we were there, we donated some bikes we have been refurbishing with volunteers at Concrete Sessions to some kids who, because of recent circumstances, have been doing it pretty tough. We met young Cam who's family lost everything in a house fire, and it was such a great pleasure to be able to do something small to give them a reason to smile! It really felt like the least we could do for a family who has been through so much.
Seeing a young person like Khloé (pictured left) moved to tears because they have received the gift of a bike is not only incredibly heart warming, but also highlights the many layers of benefit that this opportunity has for the kids we work with. To receive a bike gives a child a reason to get moving, to be excited, to have fun, to make new friends, to learn new skills. It also shows them the community around them believes in them, that they are worth of an investment of time and care. These are all high up in the values we wish to nurture and grow within the community here at LYP!
Last week saw the LYP team head over to the Apple Isle to lay some groundwork for future projects.
We spent three days getting the lay of the land and prepping for possible future adventures, all in aid of helping the kids who need it most. Tasmania truly is God's country, and there are so many amazing trails to explore and experiences to be had. Of course, there's also a lot of work to be done to make it happen, but we've never been afraid of a little bit of nose to the grindstone.
Part of our plan has always been to expand and grow, in order to help as many kids as we possibly can, and to see this on the horizon is exciting for the whole team.
We have so much in store for 2019, and can't wait to share it with you!
The team here at Lighthouse are so proud and pumped to share that, as part of Australia Day celebrations, the City of Playford have named our Cycle of Change program as the WINNER of the Australia Day Community Group or Initiative of the Year Award.
These awards recognise individuals, clubs and groups who have contributed positively to the local community through volunteering, supporting community members and hosting local events.
Winning an award like this, which not only acknowledges the work we do in local communities, but also recognises its benefit to those involved, is incredibly humbling. The more recognition programs like this can receive, the more opportunity we have to help as many kids as possible going forward, and that's what's going to make the biggest difference of all!
We would like to also congratulate and honour the participants of our programs, who are the real stars we should be celebrating!
When we launched The Drive to Ride in early 2019, it's safe to say we never expected the kind of response we received! We thought we might be kindly donated one or two bikes and maybe a few odds and ends to add to a collection of parts we could build on over the course of the year. We certainly never expected to put together an entire fleet of bikes, based purely on the goodness of people and their willingness to help others.
But that's exactly what happened!
We can't say thank you enough to everyone that donated their old mountain bikes towards The Drive to Ride; it was absolutely incredible for us to get out and be able to talk to these people, who came from all over the state, and chat about Lighthouse and what we do, and also find out more about each of the generous folk who kindly gifted their old bikes and parts to go towards future programs, while we were at it.
The layers of benefit to these donations for the disadvantaged youth we work with, are many. They represent an opportunity for these kids to get involved in healthy, productive, social behaviours, with people who care about them and want to encourage them to believe in their own potential. It's the chance for them to engage in getting stoked on life, and channel their energy towards productive pathways; getting their adrenaline rush from hitting the trails in the fresh air. It's going forward to respect the community that has helped make it possible. It's also the knowledge that people they didn't even know cared enough to donate these bikes, to give them these experiences.
We will now spend time refurbishing and giving the donated bikes a little bit of TLC, and getting them ready for our program participants to ride and tinker with in workshops designed to teach the skills of fixing and maintaining equipment.