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:
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