In mid December, we honoured our 2018 Cycle of Change graduates in a ceremony dedicated to the celebration of their own individual uniqueness, personal strength, and the significant accomplishment of completing the program.
Each of our 131 successful alumni received a BMX from [DK Bicycles](https://www.dkbicyclesaustralia.com.au/) as reward for the guts, strength and determination they displayed over the course of the year, and as a symbol of the power of the positive choices they made in order to complete the program.
We couldn't be prouder of the team, and on what was an unseasonably rainy December day, the clouds parted and shone down on our graduates just in time for the ceremony to begin. There couldn't have been a more significant image to represent the journey they embarked on throughout the year, coming out the other side of the program stronger, happier and more determined individuals, with a solid skillset to help them achieve their goals going forward.
In early December a group of our mentors hit the road to spend a day in Adelaide's regional South East, with students from Keith Area School.
It sure was a hot one, but that didn't stop us from hitting the track with the kids, riding bikes, chatting about tricks and building team work and confidence, on and off the track.
We also had the opportunity to sit down and watch the Year 8 STEM students present to local council their major projects, which centred around plans, surveys and costings for a potential BMX track in Keith. It was so awesome to see the kids using their Maths, Science and English skills to work towards change and progress in their local community.
One lucky student was also randomly selected as the winner of a BMX bike we donated to encourage the love of riding and getting amongst it, and needless to say, the stoke was high!
It's awesome for us to be able to reach smaller communities and spend time getting the kids out on the bikes and stoked on living life to the max. If you're keen to get your school involved in a visit like this, [get in touch](https://lighthouseyp.org/contact-us)!
Over the last six months, the team at Lighthouse has been working with boutique Adelaide production company, [Run Wild Productions](https://www.runwildproductions.com.au/), on a project we are super excited to finally share with you.
The team at Run Wild have hit the road with the LYP crew to capture what we do, and how our work helps disadvantaged youth build on opportunities for a better future for themselves.
They've joined us at Cycle of Change; at Concrete Sessions; they've interviewed some of the past and present kids we work with; our mentors who ride and engage with these kids, from all walks of life, who are part of our programs. And of course Jamie and Ryan have chatted extensively with the film crew about what lead them to found Lighthouse Youth Projects in the first place and the vision for the future. This video captures the essence of who we are, collectively, at Lighthouse Youth Projects and why we do this work.
Sharing where we've come from and what we hope to achieve has really solidified for us how the nature of what we do can affect positive change in communities around us.
We are so excited to share the results and launched both the video and our new look website for our stakeholders at an event on Sunday November 25 at the rooftop of The Unley to a great response.
Follow the link to the left, or head back to the main page and scroll down to check out the video! Please share our journey on your social channels if you connect with it and want other people to know about what we're doing!
We are so thrilled here at Lighthouse to announce that our Cycle of Change program recently won the City of Playford Local Hero Award for Best Training Program.
This award recognises an organisation who has put in place an outstanding and responsive engagement or training program that has delivered positive results for people in Playford Alive.
We couldn’t be happier that our work helping upskill and motivate disengaged kids towards a brighter future has been recognised in this way! Yewww!
We've been under the pump in the last 6 months, and loving every minute of it!
Find out what we've been up to and what we've achieved, with our October issue of the [Get Stoked Newsletter](https://mailchi.mp/503adbf432c3/get-stoked-newsletter-october?fbclid=IwAR0RvlTw0IMUGOVWUjHWZZ_mKD__Ij7ouOKMScca3HDnpIF6QyPC2Yj4Gj8).
If you're not on our list, hit subscribe (top left) and you'll receive these newsletters from us every few months or so! You can also subscribe via the subscription form on the main page of the Lighthouse Youth Projects site. We won't bombard you with weekly emails or try to sell you anything, you'll just get the need-to-know information every now and then about upcoming events and what's happening at LYP!
We are pleased to announce that our Cycle of Change program has been selected by the Port Adelaide Rotary Club to be the benefactor from all monies raised from their 6th Annual Golf Day!
Friday 9th November at the West Lakes Golf Club.
There will be a shotgun start at 12.30pm and will finish in the Clubhouse with drinks and an auction.
Win a Holden car for the ‘Hole-in-One’ competition!
Are you interested in playing? Book now to secure your spot
We couldn't be more stoked that Cycle of Change has been nominated for a "Playford Alive Local Hero" award, under the category of Best Training Program.
This award applauds organisations who have put in place outstanding and responsive engagement or training programs, with positive results delivered in the Playford Alive community.
After having been nominated for the City of Playford's Australia Day awards, it's awesome to see the reach our program is having to the local community continues to be significant.
Fingers crossed we come home with the win!
We are super pumped to share that one of our 2018 Cycle of Change participants, Tyson, has gained his first full time job!
As the Contractor Shift Supervisor for two logistic companies, Toll iPec and Ceva Holden's, Tyson's role involves overseeing the organisation of over 100 employees. Not a bad effort in our books!
With an end goal of getting into the Army, 2019 is looking pretty sweet for Tyson who is well on his way to starting this process and achieving his goals for the future.
We are always so proud when Cycle of Change can have a positive and lasting effect on the students who participate. Playing a part in helping our crew with the life skills and self belief to take on awesome new roles, and work towards turning their goals into a reality, is what we're here for!
Here at Lighthouse Youth Projects we can't keep the CMI-les off our faces after collecting a new rig recently from the absolutely awesome folk at CMI Toyota, who have humbled us with the support of what we do here!
Thank you is not a big enough word and stoked is a total understatement!
Our duo of CMI Toyota Hiluxes allow us to tow our fleet of DK Bicycles and POC Helmets to get more young South Australian's stoked on bikes and living life to the fullest!