2018 saw our Cycle of Change program awarded the City of Playford Local Hero Award for Best Training Program, and we are stoked to announce that we have started 2019 strong, with another nomination for Cycle of Change!
As part of Australia Day celebrations, the City of Playford have named Cycle of Change as a nominee for 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.
It's always incredibly humbling when the work we do is recognised by local communities and to have this positive outreach acknowledged with an award nomination is no exception.
When our mentors are on the ground, day to day, working with the kids who are part of our programs, we can see first hand how we are helping each young person individually to reach their personal goals and be empowered to re-imagine a future for themselves, and that's why we do it! But 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 really make a difference.
Watch this space and keep your fingers crossed we come home with the win!
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!