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 behavior, family violence.
Up to 24 at risk young people are selected to undertake this intensive year long program which involves personal development, fitness, health, diet and most important role modelling with stable and genuine support.
The young people participate in 20 weeks of physical training along with program mentors from local business and government organisations to at the end walk the 96km Kokoda Trek in Papua New Guinea.
The trek also educates the students about the campaign in which the Australian soldiers partook during World War II, motivated by the Kokoda pillars – Courage, Endurance, Mateship, Sacrifice.