Let’s step up for our young people

When I reflect on my own journey growing up, I think about how fortunate I’ve been. I’ve had special people in my life that recognised my potential, as a cricketer, but also as a person. Two of those people are local cricket identities Enrico Di Venuto and Tim Coyle who have both been important mentors to me. Looking back, I was lucky to have cricket and people like them around me. For many young people, they are not so lucky and lack the support network I grew up taking for granted.

A few months ago, just as COVID-19 restrictions were about to hit, I met with Scott Harris at a local coffee shop in Hobart. Scott is the CEO of Beacon Foundation, a national not for profit supporting young people to complete year 12 and carve their future career paths. It was a sombre conversation as the reality of the pandemic was becoming evident. Scott described how we were in for a serious time ahead and that the greatest impact would almost certainly be felt by our young people and that if a proactive approach was not taken this could be felt for many years ahead.

Realising the severity of the situation, Beacon Foundation had reached out to see if I was interested in being their National Ambassador for Be@Connected, a new online learning series they had put together in response to education moving online.  The series was to focus on life skills that would help our young people get through this challenging time and give them inspiration and learnings for now and for the future. I could sense the commitment of the organisation to make a difference in a non-fuss and genuine manner. Knowing just how much this kind of support had meant to me growing up, I didn’t hesitate in joining the cause right there and then.

Bayview Secondary College student Nayton Martelli won a Beacon Foundation competition and interviewed Test captain Tim Paine.

Be@Connected took me right out of my comfort zone. There I was talking about being a good listener, the benefits of having a mentor and the importance of being your authentic self, offering insights and support to young people across Australia. Despite feeling nervous and unfamiliar to the situation, I knew it was the right thing to do.

I watched the series unfold with new topics introduced by key speakers all providing a sense of hope during times of hardship. The series made me stop and think further about the challenges that our young people face and how this current situation will impact them.

As the weeks passed by, the final episode of Be@Connected was quickly approaching. In the early hours of a crisp Wednesday morning I met Nayton, a year 7 student from Bayview Secondary College (formerly Rokeby High School). He was the student who had won a competition to interview me and wrap up 6 weeks of Be@Connected. When I finally got the opportunity to meet Nayton I was so impressed by the young man before me.

I couldn’t help but think back to my days at Bayview, the same school I had attended and how fortunate I have been to find a pathway that I absolutely love. Nayton had prepared the questions for that session, giving an insight into what mattered to him and his peers.  He asked me about how to build resilience and handle stress, as well as my values and the role that mentors have had on my life.

There is no way that I would have had the confidence or courage to do what Nayton did that day.  Growing up has its challenges and this experience reminded me of about how important it is for us to support our young people to give them the best possible chance to head on a positive pathway. Now more than ever our young people are going to need us. As a Dad myself to two small children, this now has so much more importance for me.

I’ve always been conscious of the role I can play in helping others, both as ‘Tim Paine the cricketer’, and ‘Tim Paine the person’.  I would like to think that I’ve always remained true to my upbringing, I know for sure how quickly life can change.

I came away from the Be@Connected series feeling compelled to further support young people and the important role Beacon has taken on.  The role that we all should take on, as members of our community, to help our young people navigate the enormous challenges and opportunities that come their way. We must all step up and take responsibility.

Take a moment today to ask yourself, what role you can play to support our many young people playing the game of their future where the playing field is not always equal?  I know that if I didn’t have Enrico and Tim that early on, my life journey could have been so very different.

I worry about the post-COVID reality of youth unemployment and disadvantage.  We need organisations, like the Beacon Foundation, that provide a link between education and industry. The opportunities they will create into the future, are so important.

Let’s all do our bit to give our young people the best possible chance to live their dreams.  They deserve it.

By Tim Paine, Australian Test Cricket Captain. Originally published via Mercury. 

 

About Be@Connected:

Be@Connected is a new set of 12 free online learning programs, streamed on YouTube. The series will feature a range of prominent and inspiring speakers from a variety of fields covering topics including communication, resilience, wellbeing, problem solving and adaptability. The short series is specifically designed for students across Australia to support them through this period of great uncertainty. Be@Connected is free and students can watch the sessions on YouTube where they will be available throughout Term Two. Simply subscribe to the YouTube channel and join us!

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Be@Connected to Host World Swimming Champion

Beacon Foundation has today launched the full speaker schedule for their online learning series, Be@Connected.  From Ambassador, Australian Test Cricket Captain Tim Paine, to Australian Swimming World Champion Ariarne Titmus, it is no wonder that the series is proving to be a huge success with students across Australia.

Beacon Foundation CEO Scott Harris said, “The calibre of speakers that we have wanting to support Australian students through this period is exceptional.”

Mr Harris added, “Ariarne Titmus is a World Champion who is generously giving her time and insights to assist students across Australia, when she herself is having to regroup following the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.  This commitment to young people is outstanding, we are thrilled to have Ariarne on board.”

“There is no doubt that the Great Shutdown will have significant impacts on our young people, and we are starting to see that already.  Beacon Foundation are committed to making sure we continue to be there for young people all over Australia.”

Be@Connected is into its third week of a six week series, with topics already addressed including teamwork, communication, creativity, personal brand and attitude.

Ariarne’s session is scheduled for June 3, the final week of the series.  During the session Ariarne will address looking after yourself and the importance of wellbeing.

Ariarne commented, “Be@Connected is an exciting and relevant initiative to be involved with.  We are all having to adapt and adjust to new ways of doing things during this period and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and tips to students around Australia.”

She added, “It is more important than ever that we pay close attention to our young people at this time as they journey through the uncertainty that we all face.”

“I hope my story and experiences can help inspire students to stay motivated during this time.”

Be@Connected continues to gain momentum, with two new episodes being posted to the Beacon Foundation’s You Tube channel weekly.

Be@Connected will run alongside Beacon’s preexisting suite of online programs Industry Live and My Road. Find the full term two schedule here.

Careers in education at our next Industry Live

Rebecca is the Health & Physical Ed. Manager

Rebecca, Health & Physical Ed. Manager

Back to School! It may be teaching young children their ABCs or turning your favourite subject of music or PE into a career. Education and training is a growth industry and from teacher’s aides to trainers, there are many great roles to explore. Want to know more about a career in education? Then our upcoming Industry Live is for you! In this week’s Industry Live on may 6th we will be joined by three excellent speakers, Rebecca, Caroline and Philip, providing insights about what it is like to make education your career.

Rebecca is the Health & Physical Education Manager at Elizabeth College in Hobart.

Rebecca’s background includes not only education but also coaching athletes at the elite level in netball for the Australian Institute of Sport. Rebecca’s current role as Health & Physical Education Manager at Elizabeth College in Tasmania combines her own sporting prowess and love of sport with a passion for working with and developing young people, both academically and athletically.

Rebecca will talk to us about how a degree in education can open up many doors and many possibilities for a career. She’ll also share with us some of the top tips she gives the young athletes she works with.

Caroline, Kindergarten teacher and panellist at Industry Live

Caroline, Kindergarten teacher

Our second panellist is Caroline. She is a kindergarten teacher who is passionate about making very young children feel secure and inspired in their learning.

Caroline is a kindergarten teacher who has used her own commitment to lifelong learning to help her develop and guide the young minds of tomorrow.

Caroline not only works with kindergarteners on their ABCs but also teaches them how to appreciate other cultures via a range of creative tools.

Caroline will talk to us about what the day to day life of a kindergarten teacher looks like, as well as the character traits that make the best early learning teachers.

Finally, Philip works in the higher education sector at La Trobe University in Melbourne, helping to support young people in their transitions to university and the world of work.

During his career so far, Philip has worked with university students to match them with industry mentors to maximise their opportunities after university and has also worked with high school students highlighting the benefits of higher education, whether that be going to uni or TAFE.

Philip, Outreach Advisor

Philip, Outreach Advisor

Philip will talk to us about the transferable skills he believes young people gain from participating in higher learning as well as what you can expect if you decide to go to university.

Registrations are still open and schools and students are encouraged to register to join. 

About Industry Live: 

Join Beacon Foundation online for Industry Live, a series of live career awareness and exploration events via video conference. We invite expert industry panellists to share their stories, top tips for success, and answer questions from school students across Australia in a discussion led by a facilitator. Industry Live is open to all students across Australia in Years 6-12.

Join our upcoming Industry Live –May 6 2020 – 11:30am – 12:30pm AEST.  Careers in Education – Education and training is a growth industry and from teacher’s aides to trainers there are many great roles to explore.

Simply register and we’ll be in touch to talk you through log-ins and logistics, more information about Industry Live and how to register can be found via this link.

 

 

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What’s On Term 2 – Stay Connected with virtual learning by Beacon Foundation

Throughout Term 2, Beacon Foundation offers a range of online learning opportunities through our Industry Live and Be@Connected. Recordings of the below events are available on Beacon’s YouTube channel. Beacon Foundation’s Industry Live regularly scheduled webinar series will continue throughout Term 3 and 4 of 2020 with schools invited to register to attend each live webinar. The full IndustryLive program can be accessed here.

Find the full schedule below:

April 

What: Life Skills Intro – with guest speaker Tim Paine, Australian Test Cricket Captain  

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Thursday 30 April, watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation    

 

What: Adaptability in the Workplace   

Who: Be@Connected webinar series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Thursday 30 April, watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

May
 

What: The Right Attitude & Personal Brand   

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Tuesday 5th May, 11.30 – 12.00 or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

What: Careers in Education   

Who: Industry Live event, by Beacon Foundation 

When: Wednesday 6th May, 11.30 – 12.30   

Where: Register here: https://bit.ly/IndustryLive2020   

 

What: The Power of Creativity   

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Thursday 7th May11.30 – 12.00  or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

What: Decision Making for Success   

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Tuesday 12th May, 11.30 – 12.00  or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

What: Healthy Habits 

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Thursday 14th May, 11.30 – 12.00  or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

What: Problem Solving for Innovation  

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Tuesday 19th May, 11.30 – 12.00 or watch the recording at 

any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

What: The Art of Communication  

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Wednesday 20th May, 11.30 – 12.00 or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

What: Health and Medical Careers 

Who: Industry Live event, by Beacon Foundation 

When: Thursday 21st May, 11.30 – 12.30   

Where: Register here: https://bit.ly/IndustryLive2020   

 

 What: How to identify my strengths  

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation  

When: Tuesday 26th May, 11.30 – 12.00 or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

What: Goal Setting, motivation and drive 

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Thursday 28th May, 11.30 – 12.00 or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

  

June

What: STEM – Jobs in Science, Research and Environment 

Who: Industry Live event, by Beacon Foundation 

When: Tuesday 2nd June, 11.30 – 12.30   

Where: Register here: https://bit.ly/IndustryLive2020   

  

What: Looking after yourself   

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Wednesday 3rd  June11.30 – 12.00 or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

  

What: Resilience and bouncing back from a challenge – with guest speaker Tim Paine, Australian Test Cricket Captain 

Who: Be@Connected live stream series by Beacon Foundation 

When: Thursday 4th June11.30 – 12.00 or watch the recording at any time during term 2 on YouTube. Registration is not necessary. 

Where: YouTube: https://bit.ly/BeaconFoundation  

 

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Beacon Foundation gives young Australians a chance to ‘Be Connected’

We are excited to announce that Australian Test Cricket Captain, Tim Paine, has come on board to be the National Ambassador of Be@Connected!

Beacon Foundation is launching a new set of 12 FREE online learning programs, Be@Connected, streamed on YouTube.

Be@Connected will feature a range of prominent and inspiring speakers from a variety of fields covering topics including communication, resilience, wellbeing, problem solving and adaptability.

The short series is specifically designed for students across Australia to support them through this period of great uncertainty. Find the full schedule here of all Be@Connected sessions including our Industry Live events during Term 2. If you have any questions please contact us via industrylive@beaconfoundation.net. Be@Connected is free and students can watch the sessions on YouTube where they will be available throughout Term Two. Simply subscribe to the YouTube channel and join us!

 Subscribe to watch Be@Connected on YouTube here. 

 

Our young people need us – and we need them – more than ever

Tasmania’s Premier Peter Gutwein recently stated that COVID19 presents “the greatest threat our State and our Country have faced in generations”.

Quite rightly, the focus of our governments over the last few weeks has been on responding to the immediate threat that this virus presents to the health of our community, and on ensuring that we do everything we can flatten the curve. I particularly congratulate Premier Gutwein for the great example he has set for our State: he has provided clear and determined leadership and has helped galvanise us as Tasmanians during this significant time of adversity.

As we all work together to combat the short-term threat of this virus, however, we must also remember the longer-term threat that this pandemic, and our response to it, could pose to the futures of Tasmania’s young people.

Having helped connect young people to education and employment for over 30 years, the Beacon Foundation is particularly aware of the risks that these perilous circumstances present to our youth.

Thousands of students have already begun learning from home. This has required parents to become overnight learning supervisors and placed massive pressure on schools and teachers to deliver remote learning, while still teaching some students on-campus. If we do not find ways to clearly guide learners through this unprecedented disruption, we risk thousands of students disengaging from education.

While this pandemic has already had a devasting impact on many in our community and resulted in enormous changes that all of us continue to come to terms with, it will also radically reshape the already rapidly changing future careers of our children. If we do not help prepare young people for this future, we risk creating a lost generation.

It is clear that now, more than ever, our young people need all of us – particularly industry and organisations like Beacon – to step up and work with them to make their futures as bright and secure as possible.

This is a challenge that the Beacon Foundation is taking on, and that we want others to take on with us. Drawing on our successful track record of working with over 10,000 Australian young people through online careers guidance, we are already working on ways to ramp up our online programs for school students.

Our Beacon team is at its best when it is working with like-minded partners to innovate and respond quickly to the emerging needs of young people. Our current approach is a great example of that. We are currently working on with several collaborative partners to produce a suite of online resources that will be launched at the beginning of Term 2.

It is clear, though, that this is just the beginning – there is still so much more that will need to be done to ensure we do not leave our young people behind. We will need brave hearts and bold thinking, and we stand ready to partner with schools, governments, businesses, and other not-for-profits – as well as our hundreds of online mentors and volunteers – to do this work. Indeed, we believe that with the right partners in place, young learners could lead us in generating the ideas we need to respond to and recover from the impact of COVID19.

We also know the burden of these challenges will fall particularly heavily on young people experiencing disadvantage. In 2016, over 6,500 Tasmanian households with children stated that they did not have access to the internet. How do we support students in these families to engage in remote learning? On any given night, over 400 young Tasmanians will be experiencing homelessness. At such a challenging time, how do we meet the significant, complex needs of these young people, including supporting them to remain engaged in education?

Beacon’s Collective ed. initiative, which began in 2016, has already been working with six Tasmanian school communities – in Ulverstone, Deloraine, George Town, Jordan River, Clarence Plains and Sorell – to understand and address these types of important questions. Using a collective impact approach, we are empowering our partner communities to take control over decisions about what happens in their local areas, including how resources are used to support young people. We’ve helped to establish Community Leadership Tables made up of students, teachers, parents, schools, businesses and local organisations, and we are supporting these groups to start identifying and breaking down the complex, systemic barriers that are preventing many young people from thriving.

Our major Collective ed. partners – the Tasmanian Government and the Paul Ramsay Foundation – showed great courage in enabling this radical new approach to education and to community-based decision-making. We believe that this powerful approach is going to be more critical than ever in supporting communities to respond to and recover from this crisis.
As challenges emerge for our partner communities in the coming weeks and months, our Collective ed. teams will be supporting our six partner communities – particularly the young leaders within them – to identify and coordinate collaborative efforts in each local area. We would also welcome the opportunity to help other Tasmanian communities to use collective impact and systems change approaches as well. In listening to and collaborating with young people on these decisions, we are likely to find our most powerful and successful solutions.

This is a hugely challenging time for our government, and there are many immediate threats that they need to focus on. When they can, however, I implore our leaders to consider how to ensure young people can thrive during and after this crisis, and how Tasmania’s not-for-profit sector can be called on to help.

For our communities and ourselves as families and individuals, our focus has been on how to keep ourselves safe and healthy. In times like this – as we were often reminded not so long ago, when commercial flight was taken for granted – we must fit our own oxygen mask first, before assisting others. Once we have done what we can to protect ourselves and our families, however, we must begin considering how we can help those around us. There is only so much that the authorities can do on our behalf: the rest will come down to the solidarity and commitment we have towards each other.

Social distancing has limited the ways we can reach out to others, but there is still so much we can do together to support each other and to make a difference. Keep focussed on staying safe and well, but when you can: consider what you can do to ensure a bright future for our young people, and what role you can play to empower young people to build that future. If you want to be an online careers mentor; if you want to find a way to use your resources to support young people; if you want to support our communities to take locally-led action in responding to this crisis – reach out to us. We’re here to help.

Scott Harris is the CEO of the Beacon Foundation

Industry Live panelists

How to secure a future job that also helps others

Drew Beswick CEO Oak Possability

Drew Beswick, CEO Oak Possability

Interested in a future career where you help others? Want to learn more about jobs in the disability and aged care sector? Then our upcoming Industry Live is for you!

We have a secured two outstanding panellists for our Industry Live on April 2: Drew Beswick , CEO of Oak Possability and Fiona Huskinson, Senior Workforce & Industry Development Officer at ACSA (Aged and Community Services Australia).

This is a FREE Industry Live career awareness event for students in grades 6-12.

Fiona Huskinson works for ACSA who are the leading national peak body supporting not for profit and for purpose providers of retirement living, community, home and residential care for more than 450,000 older Australians.

Fiona’s role with ACSA is as their Senior Workforce & Industry Development Officer and she works to connect young people with work experience opportunities and information to help kick start their career within the industry.

Fiona Huskinson, Senior Workforce & Industry Development Officer, ACSA

Fiona Huskinson, Senior Workforce & Industry Development Officer, ACSA

Fiona has a wealth of knowledge about pathways to a career in aged and community services and is excited to speak to us about the rewarding roles available.

Joining Fiona is Drew Beswick. Drew is the CEO of Oak Possability. Oak Possibility has been a leading provider of disability services for over 30 years, operating in Tasmania and Victoria. The organisation is committed to enriching people’s quality of life and supporting skill development.

Drew will talk to us about the latest developments in the disability sector, which is a growth area, and the potential for lots of different careers.

Join Drew and Fiona as they share their stories, learnings and lessons to get to the top of their game in the disability and aged care sector, it is a line up not to miss.

 

About Industry Live: 

Join Beacon Foundation online for Industry Live, a series of live career awareness and exploration events via video conference. We invite expert industry panellists to share their stories, top tips for success, and answer questions from school students across Australia in a discussion led by a facilitator. Industry Live is open to all students across Australia in Years 6-12.

Join our upcoming Industry Live – 2 April 2020 – 1pm to 2pm AEDT. Topic: Jobs that help others. Explore the many rewarding roles in the growth area of social assistance such as disability and aged care.

Simply register and we’ll be in touch to talk you through log-ins and logistics, more information about Industry Live and how to register can be found via this link.

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Beacon Foundation COVID-19 Update

Like so many other organisations, Beacon are making decisions made with the health and wellbeing of our staff, schools, young people, partners and families at the centre of our thinking.

With recent changes to Department and school policy and with the health and wellbeing of all in mind, Beacon’s face-to-face Program and Services activities, including High Impact Work Readiness Programs and site tours will be suspended until end of April. We are also moving all our Collective ed. community activities online and the upcoming #Chain4Change in Deloraine has been postponed.

The good news is that we will continue to run our Online Programs (My Road and Industry Live) as usual and the scheduled sessions will proceed as planned at this stage.

Beacon prides itself on being a connector, what we do is bring people, organisations and communities together to create meaningful outcomes for young people that need it most. This will not and should not stop, in fact it is more important than ever.

Please feel free to reach out to any of our team, it is important that we continue to work together through this time.

We sincerely appreciate your support and commitment to Beacon and the young people that we so passionately work for, we look forward to getting back into schools and communities when we can and continuing to create great impact through our work.

Stay strong and please take care of each other.

Australian Tourism Winners Starring in Industry Live

Interested in hotels, hospitality and holidays?  Let’s be honest, who isn’t?

We have been able to secure two of Australia’s leading minds in this area and are delighted to be able to share them with you through Industry Live on 18 March, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM AEDT.

Jake Smith, General Manager MACq 01

 Last Friday night in Canberra Macq01 Hotel were awarded Australian Tourism Awards, recognised as the ‘best of the best’ in the country.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is no stranger to national and international recognition, having collected many significant awards throughout their years of operation.  Rob Pennicott is the Founder and Owner of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys and Jake Smith is the General Manager of MACq 01, Tasmania’s famous storytelling hotel. 

Rob Pennicott is one of Australia’s leading operators in nature-based tourism, evidenced by his incredible gathering of national and international awards.  The dynamo that is Rob runs an incredible fleet of yellow boats in both Tasmania and Victoria showcasing some of Australia’s most beautiful wilderness in an action-packed and quality experience.  Rob has been on a journey to get to where he is today and his personal story is one of incredible persistence, resilience, courage and innovation. 

Jake Smith is the General Manager of the multi-award winning MACq 01 Hotel on the Hobart waterfront.  This incredible property made front-page news when it was launched as Australia’s first storytelling hotel where all its rooms recognise an iconic Tasmanian.  Jake has been at the helm of this hotel since opening and has been able to lead the team to deliver exceptional holiday experiences, Jake’s personal story is one of great learning, progression, commitment and humility.

 Join Rob and Jake as they share their stories, learnings and lessons to get to the top of their game in the hotel, hospitality and holiday fields, it is a line up not to miss.

Rob Pennicott, Founder and Owner of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

About Industry Live: 
Join Beacon Foundation online for Industry Live, a series of live career awareness and exploration events via video conference. We invite expert industry panellists to share their stories, top tips for success, and answer questions from school students across Australia in a discussion led by a facilitator. Industry Live is open to all students across Australia in Years 6-12.  Our next one is at 1:00 PM – 2:00PM AEDT – Mar 18th: Hotels, Hospitality & Holidays – Accommodation, food services and tourism are major growth areas with many different roles available. Simply register and we’ll be in touch to talk you through log-ins and logistics, more information about Industry Live and how to register can be found via this link.

106 Mentors to Open Doors to Opportunities for Young People on the Central Coast

Ulverstone’s Collective ed. team is working together with the community to enable young people to thrive, increase year 12 attainment and identify ways more young people can transition into meaningful pathways after school. This week, the Central Coast community held an event to celebrate the Central Coast 100 Day Challenge and to launch Doors to Mentors.

Hon Jeremy Rockliff, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training attended the event at the Ulverstone Wharf Precinct together with Councillor Cheryl Fuller who launched Doors to Mentors on behalf of Mayor Jan Bonde. Trudy Pearce, Deputy Secretary Learning, Glen Lutwyche and Shane Cleaver, Principal and Assistant Principal at Ulverstone Secondary College and Beacon Foundation’s Collective ed. team led by Shaun Conkie were also present to celebrate.

Doors to Mentors is a community-driven mentoring program. As part of the Central Coast 100 Day Challenge held in 2019, 106 mentors were identified in 100 days to support this initiative. Doors to Mentors will match people aged 15-24 in the Central Coast with mentors to identify and support young people to achieve their aspirations.

Bailey Livesley, one of the  year 11 students from Ulverstone Secondary College and part of the Central Coast 100 Day Challenge Working Group, says it’s been a rewarding experience to see Doors to Mentors come to life;

“As a young person, you don’t often feel like your voice is heard. Collective ed. has enabled a space for conversation and discussion to take place, to contribute to our community.”

“It was a special feeling to share my ideas [as part of the Central Coast 100 Day Challenge] and see them actually come to life through the launch of Doors to Mentors”.

Collective ed. Ulverstone is one of six sites Collective ed. Ulverstone is one of six sites and part of the first Collective Impact initiative hosted by Beacon Foundation. Through Collective ed., Beacon is supporting six communities. The aim is to ensure more young people complete year 12 or equivalent and enable them to transition into meaningful pathways after school. Beacon Foundation CEO Scott Harris says it’s taking a holistic approach to community wellbeing;

“Beacon Foundation is proud to host Collective ed. It is outstanding to see the Central Coast community come together to determine initiatives that they believe will lead to a better future for their young people.

Beacon Foundation congratulates the Central Coast community on their commitment to collectively making a difference.

The Advocate covered the story in the article: “Beacon Foundation’s mentorship program Doors to Mentors launches on Central Coast

About Collective ed. Ulverstone
Collective ed. Ulverstone is one of six sites and part of the first Collective Impact initiative that Beacon Foundation has hosted. Collective ed. has set out to ensure more young people complete year 12 or equivalent and enable them to transition into meaningful pathways after school. Collective ed. is built on the power of the community and place the community it at the centre to drive large scale social change. Hosted by Beacon Foundation, Collective ed. is a $15 million, five-year project, funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Australia’s biggest philanthropic organisation, and the Tasmanian State Government.