How we make a difference
We are a group of local business, government organisations, and community focused groups that have formed to support youth from Geelong, Bellarine and Surf Coast communities through multiple youth focused programs.
Geelong Youth Engagement (GYE) is a more recently developed network that is the umbrella organisation for our established programs, with the Geelong Kokoda Youth Program running since 2013.
The intention of the GYE is to grow and continue to develop more programs that target young people who have been identified as ‘at-risk’.
GEELONG KOKODA YOUTH PROGRAM
The Geelong Kokoda Youth Program engages young people from every state secondary and many of the private secondary schools in the Geelong region, and we help them work through the challenges they are facing in their lives.
The reason for the disconnection can include truancy, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, suicidal tendencies, self-harming, anti-social behaviour, family violence.
SPRING BACK GEELONG
Spring Back Geelong is a resilience-based program for Year 10 students that takes young people out of the school setting for two days a week for a term where they will undertake challenges and activities around Geelong such as surfing, sailing, involved with Tafe Testers, visiting different businesses and government organisations such as Victoria Police. As well as being out in the community the young people will also receive training and hear from guest speakers at the GYE Hub including First Aid and talks from professionals in the health and wellbeing fields.
STRIVE is a 20-week program ran over two terms for one afternoon per week. Each session involves 45 minutes of group physical activity and 45 minutes focused on goal setting and community service; also hearing from professionals or guests who can support the young people on their current challenges and advise positive guidance into the future. This will vary from health and wellness professionals, Victoria Police members, community groups, sports people, everyday people who have worked through challenges in their lives.
Is to facilitate behavioural changes and empower youth to launch into successful adulthood and reach their potential
- Reduce offending and anti-social behavior
- Reduce self-harm and possible suicide ideology
- Promote positive interaction with local businesses and government agencies
- Reduce the chances of young people becoming a victim
- Break down barriers between police and young people, and reduce family violence matters
- To empower positive community connections through a ‘Community web of protection’
Our Commitment to Child Safety
Geelong Youth Engagement is committed to providing a safe and friendly service for all children and young people; including those who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, from culturally and/or linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, and those living with a disability.
GYE will endeavour to actively listen and respond to the voices of children and young people, we have a zero tolerance of any abuse or mistreatment of children and young people and have in place the necessary policies, procedures, and practices to support the safety of children and young people under our care.