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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.