Journey Program participants celebrating at the summit of Mount Kooyoora

We recently collaborated with New Hope Foundation, Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, Spectrum and Western Young People’s Independent Network to deliver a Journey Program for disadvantaged secondary school students from Melbourne’s West.

Participants came from a diverse range of backgrounds and native languages. It was fantastic to share knowledge, skills and experiences with the group. The Journey Program provides an opportunity in the wilderness, away from the urban and technological environment. In doing so, outcomes are: increased self-efficacy, developing relationships with peers and staff, enhanced independence and empowerment through education. Many describe climbing Mt Kooyoora a particular highlight that enables them to realise they can overcome other challenges in their lives.

“By coming here on this journey is an awesome moment which I will never forget. I could say this is my best hiking ever! I learnt to take responsibility and felt more confident while interacting with other people.” – Tenzin (Journey Program Participant)