26 March, 2020

COVID-19: A message from our Co Founders

With every single being on this planet affected by this new virus, it's vital for us to look after ourselves and everyone around us, we need to find a way for everyone to find a way to keep sane and healthy as best as we can, a chance for us to step up and change the way we go about our day to day life and hopefully have a laugh along the way!

Due to this we will be adapting and evolving our mentoring programmes and program delivery according to recommendations from peak bodies including the Australian Government and the World Health Organisation.

Riding a bicycle does not require you to be stuck indoors, it needs to be done in the fresh air and you can always ride alone. Riding a bicycle is a known depression beater and the perfect antidote to all of the negativity that this virus has dredged up. We would love to know that everyone that has come into contact with Lighthouse Youth Projects over the last seven years has come away feeling better about themselves with the help of some good old vitamin G after pedalling their cares away....

So where to now? Just like the rest of the world, we are working out our pathway forward. To keep our mindset positive and stay active we're embarking on what we are calling #keepthestoke. To find out more and get involved visit our Instagram or Facebook pages.

To every one of you, we send our care and good vibes and hope that we can all come out of this together.

With all our hearts,

The crew at Lighthouse Youth Projects

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31 January, 2020

Wheels To Work in motion

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 wheels2work@lighthouseyp.org

Wheels to Work Partner:

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7 March, 2019

Visiting the South East to help change some lives

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!

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