Friday, 12 April 2024
    Kokoda Youth Foundation helps kids find direction

    Kokoda Youth Foundation helps kids find direction

    A Gold Coast-based charity is expanding to regional areas to provide opportunities for more students, with the aim of keeping them in school.

    The On the Right Track program will roll out in state schools in Boonah, Beaudesert, Laidley and Rosewood, reaching 96 students over two years.

    Kokoda Youth Foundation CEO Johllene Elson said the program was about preventing juvenile crime in those towns.

    "We are targeting those kids who are at risk of exiting the school system and keeping them in education through a series of outdoor education activities over a six-month course," Ms Elson said.

    "They learn teamwork, discipline and accountability — developing confidence and skills."

    Towards 96km Kokoda Challenge
    Ms Elson said the first half of the two-phase program involved taking the students out of class one day a week to train.

    "They do bushwalking all day — they're training up to do a significant peak experience, which is the Kokoda event on the Gold Coast," she said.

    The Kokoda Challenge, which raises money for the youth foundation, covers 18, 48 or 96 kilometres in the Gold Coast hinterland.

    "The second phase is the community service element where they're still coming out of school for a day a week but they're going and volunteering at other not-for-profits in their community — Red Cross, Men's Shed, Landcare," Ms Elson said.

    "They engage with the community with the view to stay on the right track and build those relationships that might prevent them from making poor choices in the future that might derail their career paths."


    Kokoda Youth Foundation expands, helping kids find direction through outdoor education (ABC News)


    Gold Coast charity Kokoda Youth Foundation is expanding to help kids in regional areas.  (Supplied: Kokoda Youth Foundation)