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Links to Learning

Links to Learning is a program funded by the NSW Government and administered by the NSW Department of Education. Under the 2017 – 2019 Links to Learning Community Grants Program, Pathfinders has been approved  to deliver targeted programs to students in Year 6 through Year 11 who are at risk of disengaging from learning in the Barwon and the Northern Tablelands school districts.

Projects have been developed in line with Program Guidelines and in collaboration with local schools.

The Program emphasises the importance of completing schooling to achieve future hopes and aspirations and will reach disengaged students via a range of hands-on evidence-informed activities focused around mediums with strong appeal such as drumming, music, art and the outdoors.  Delivered in a highly interactive and powerful way, the intent is that participants develop life-changing thinking that will positively impact on future behaviour and decisions.

Pathfinders therapeutic approach to youth development within the RAP philosophy Circle of Courage, which looks at youth development and welfare through the four elements – Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity was used as inspiration during the project’s development.

Objectives of the Links to Learning Community Grants Program

Key objectives of the Links to Learning Community Grants Program include:

  1. CONNECT– schools identify appropriate students in partnership with funded organisations. Other agencies may be aware of students who would benefit from this support. However, all referrals must be made through a participating school.
  2. ENGAGE – students are actively engaged in meaningful activities delivered by the funded organisations.
  3. LEARN – students are provided with learning opportunities aimed at improving their education, employment and life skills. The delivery of recognised credentials is an important part of many courses.
  4. PLAN – individualised plans are developed collaboratively with students to identify goals and strategies for their transition from Links to Learning projects to their base school.
  5. TRANSITION – students are supported in implementing their individual plan for successfully transitioning from Links to Learning projects to their base school.

Latest News

13 Mar 2017

Inverell Toughen Up Challenge: A Muddy Marvel

Listen Mud, sweat and tears. That’s only a small glimpse of the scene at Friday and Saturday’s Inverell Toughen Up Challenge. For the fifth year in a row, competitors fled to Inverell Rugby Park to participate in the Inverell Toughen Up Challenge. On Friday, the Juniors, aged 5- to 13-years-old, did a smaller, modified version... View Article

03 Nov 2016

Pathfinders Annual General Meeting

Listen Members of the public are invited to attend Pathfinders Annual General Meeting at the Armidale City Bowling Club on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 12pm. If you wish to attend please contact Karen Lawlor, Executive Assistant to the CEO on 6771 1527 or karenl@pathfinders.ngo Refreshments will be provided and the Annual Services Report will... View Article

17 Oct 2016

Homeless Youth Share their stories through hip-hop

Listen Since July 2016  the Inverell, Glen Innes and  Armidale Specialist Homelessness Service (SHS) have worked together to facilitate a hip-hop workshop at the Armidale Youth Refuge. The team brought together young people from Armidale, Inverell and Glen Innes who are members of the Pathfinder Youth Leadership Team to co-write a song about young people experiencing... View Article

26 Sep 2016

Australian Indigenous Basketball

Listen Congratulations to the Pathfinders sponsored Apunipima Australian Indigenous All Stars who recently won the  Annual Trans-Tasman Basketball Clash.    

26 Sep 2016

Gerald Blacklock and Anthony Binge Memorial Touch Footy Competition

Listen The Pathfinders Mid North Coast Family Referral Service, along with the help of other local Mid North Coast  services such as Goorie Galbans, Booroongen Djugun limited, Macksville Community Transport and Christian Outreach Centre, sent two local touch football teams  to the small town of Tingha  NSW.  The Teams went to complete in a local... View Article