I felt it was a Annuallp children
way to he Report
be having problems and help
inject m ore positivity, motivation and
encour agement in to their lives.”
“I have come from an underprivileged
w how hard it can
Stride’s mission is to help improve the physical, mental
and social well-being of young people and their communities.
We empower young people through our holistic early intervention programs.
We be lieve that every young
perso n has the right to a
Stride Foundation has been formed from the merger of three Our organisation was the ﬁrst provider of student well-being
charities with a 20 year history of running positive, preventative programs in Victoria and it continues to present the most
programs to empower children and youth. extensive range of preventative interventions and resources for
schools anywhere in Australia. As well as our innovative programs,
The origins of Stride grew from a tragic circumstance, when we have developed a range of creative resources for schools which
a young 12 year old boy committed suicide in his ﬁrst year of have been distributed Australia-wide.
secondary school. It was deeply saddening to think that he had
no-one looking out for him and it was realised that if other We are proud of our long history and reputation for relevant and
students could be encouraged to take responsibility for reaching meaningful programs which address all the difﬁcult issues facing
out in friendship and letting adults know when a fellow student young people today including: bullying; depression and suicide;
was troubled, this could prevent situations becoming so desperate. conﬂict and anger management; stress and time management
Thus, the simple concept of training older students to look out for for study; motivation and leadership; risk-taking, involving drugs,
younger students – peers helping each other - was born. alcohol and sexual behaviours; and grief and loss.
Stride Foundation is a non-proﬁt, non-government organisation
dedicated to helping improve the physical, mental and social
well-being of young people and their communities. We run
empowering and wholistic prevention programs.
It is almost clichéd these days to talk of change and its associated challenges, but for Stride
Foundation these descriptors are most apt. During the last 12 months, we have continued
building up our capabilities to offer a widening range of programs all aimed at our
organisational mission of improving the well-being of young people and their communities.
The traditional school-based program focus on peer support activity has continued with
our programs being reworked and evaluated to ensure they remain both current in appeal
and effective in delivery. We have also moved to adopt a broadened focus with the offer of
new programs designed to connect young people with others and with their communities.
Young people at risk have available to them suitable mentors to motivate and assist.
This expanded response to the issues confronting young people and their communities
has required a husbanding of both our human and ﬁnancial resources to ensure that as
an organisation we live up to the goals we have set ourselves and to the commitments
we make to our many stakeholders and collaborators. I would like to acknowledge the
ﬁne work done by the CEO and his team and the support of the Board as key elements in
achieving these outcomes. Also important to this achievement has been the support we
have received from many organisations that have given freely of their time or their ﬁnances.
Without this dedicated band of supporters, our achievements as an organisation would
have been necessarily much more restricted with consequent cost to the young people who
are the ﬁnal beneﬁciaries of the work we do.
The work however is never ﬁnished. The issues confronting young people in our modern
society are daily documented in the press and elsewhere. The resources available to help
them are often fragmented and at times inadequate. Our desire is to make a difference,
hence the issue of ongoing challenge! In the coming period, this will require us both
to continue to build up our own resources, and also to further develop collaborative
arrangements with key government and non-government players. Only in this way can we
hope to ensure that there is a more holistic response available to assist young people in
addressing the issues confronting them.
While the challenge is great, we remain committed to the goal and optimistic that through
the work of our staff and many supporters, we can make a difference.
Chair – Stride Foundation Ltd
Stride Foundation 2006 Annual Report 02
In 2006 we implemented one of the key strategies from our long-term Strategic Plan, namely
the merger of three small, youth, well-being, educational, not-for-proﬁt organisations to
create an organisation that has the capacity to develop and deliver research-based life
skill programs for young people throughout Australia. In May 2006, Stride Foundation Ltd
was born out of this vision. Stride Foundation was created from the merger of Bounce Back
Foundation, Connecting Kids Company and Peers Support Foundation Victoria Ltd and
incorporates all the best aspects of their programs that have been delivered to schools and
community groups for almost 20 years.
During the year we saw a 42% increase in the number of students and teachers attending
our Achieve (school based peer support) programs. We also saw an increase in revenue of
144% during the year which was due to a number of factors including the increased demand
for our Achieve programs and the expansion of our Inspire Programs (community based
role models). To achieve this result we have employed a number of new staff and developed
close collaborative relationships with many other organisations from both the corporate and
not-for-proﬁt sectors. All this activity has been achieved through the support of our Board
Members, and the effort and dedication of our small team of professional staff. Of course
none of this would have been possible without the ﬁnancial and in-kind support of our many
commercial, philanthropic, community and State and Australian Government supporters.
As a result of all this effort and support we are now well on our way to fully implementing
our Strategic Plan which will, for the ﬁrst time, enable us to fully achieve our mission “To
provide dynamic peer and mentoring programs which foster the physical, social and mental
well-being of young people and their communities” to many more schools and communities
throughout Australia than was previously possible.
All in all 2006 has been an exciting year, a year of building our capacity and key relationships
with other providers and our supporters and we can feel justly proud that we are now well
on the way to becoming a centre of leadership and excellence within the youth well-being
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board, staff, collaborative partners and our
many supporters who have so ably assisted us through this at times challenging year.
year in review
Stride Foundation has undergone a substantial period of growth in 2006.
Stride’s strengths include the ability to generate income and ongoing community
development programs and will continue to diversify funding strategies to
fulﬁl its mission to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of young
people and their communities.
Training and working in school communities
“ Today we have learnt to treat everyone with respect
and equality. Make everyone feel welcome. Encourage people
to talk to new people and make new friends”
The past year has seen a number of signiﬁcant and exciting changes a 42% increase for the same period. This included the newly created
occur in the training department. Revved Up – Anger Management Program. MPower Girls also
proved to be very popular, as did Supportive Friends, our most
The ﬁrst of these was the team itself. In early 2006 Rhonda Briscoe
sought after and delivered program.
(Manager), and Amanda Moir, who were joined by Kelly Vennus at the
end of February. Jennifer Brooker replaced Amanda at the end of June Communicate – teaching life skills through drama was developed
and Michael Lanyon joined Stride at the end of November, to ﬁll the and trialled at three schools around Melbourne. The feedback was
gap created by Rhonda’s resignation. For eight years, Rhonda worked very encouraging and allowed us to create an exciting set of cards to
tirelessly on program delivery and development in her time with Stride be used in the classroom when delivering this program.
and we thank her for her wealth of knowledge and endless energy to
Stride was involved in a number of conferences in 2006, including:
teach, create and deliver. Jennifer Brooker is the new Program and
The National Drama Conference – Sydney, September 30 to
October 1, 2006.
Also during that time, Stride had the beneﬁt and expertise of two Drama Victoria Conference – Melbourne, November 23 to 24,
RMIT Social Work Students, Nicole Blashki and Ashley Carr. While with 2006. Rhonda and Jennifer presented Communicate to 34 teachers
us they undertook a number of projects, including researching such (primary and secondary) in a two hour workshop. The cards, designed
topics as depression in primary school students and reconﬁguring by Julian Bruce of LEM, received many positive comments as did the
some of our current programs. program.
ACHPER Conference – December, 2006. Mike Lanyon presented
During 2006 our programs were delivered both state and nation-wide.
Revved Up and Jennifer presented MPower Girls. The feedback was
The total number of students and teachers trained in the various
very positive for both programs.
programs increased from 2348 in 2005 to 3330 in 2006 representing
Stride Foundation 2006 Annual Report 04
There was a 42% increase in the number of teachers
and students trained during 2006.
The programs we are currently offering are:
Peer Support – A social skills program that trains older students to
interact with younger students. This program has been proven to
positively impact schools by developing a sense of connectedness
within age groups. Peer mentoring teaches students to assist one
another and to seek adult help when necessary.
Peer Mediation – A conﬂict management program that trains
students in mediation skills to allow them to assist other students
who may be facing conﬂict, especially in the schoolyard during break
Get it Together (Secondary) and Go for It (Primary) – Leadership
training programs for students. This training is especially designed
for young people selected for leadership roles in the school. Communicate - Communicate is a personal development program
with a drama focus designed for secondary students. Its main aim is
MPower Girls – The MPower Girls program explores issues of to train students in speciﬁc skills which will help them develop better
bullying, self-esteem and relationships between girls, assisting them communication. Students form an interactive group that is focused
to develop skills to cope and respond to issues such as teasing, on positive communication experiences in order to challenge them
gossip, exclusion and other situations common among young on how they interact with others.
Big Night Out – This program addresses the issue of drugs, alcohol
Revved Up – An anger management program for boys designed and staying safe through a preventative approach. Safe partying
to help young people identify their own personal responses to for teenagers is a hot issue with behaviours such as drinking,
situations that affect their lives and provide individual anger smoking, drug taking, and sexual activity causing great concern
management strategies. amongst parents and teachers. Stride has been working with groups
Supportive Friends – This program helps young people identify of students to create greater awareness of the dangers of party
problems and assist friends to work on their own solutions to difﬁcult behaviours, especially violence, substance abuse, sexual risk-taking
situations. Students are trained to pass on serious issues to an adult. and peer pressure at parties.
Case Study Peer Support comes to Wesley SKR Middle School in 2007
The main principle which underpins the Peer Support Program at an official ceremony where they were presented with badges
is that at every level and in every age group in society people and made a solemn oath to be a positive role model for all other
absorb information and values from each other. This is one students, to be a responsible, supportive, and helpful member of
reason why we are introducing it to Wesley so we can give our the community and lead by example. To understand that other
Year 9 students leadership skills and also an opportunity for self students will look to them for guidance and friendship, and that
development. this leadership is not just a privilege but also a challenge.”
Originally when we called for interested students to become Peer Next term these Peer Leaders will begin their Support Sessions
Leaders, we found that quite a number of students applying were with the Year 7s and their self-development will continue.
the ones who had experienced some trouble in their life at school. Also they will provide our younger students with a supportive
At first, hesitant, we set up a number of meetings for these environment in which they will find a greater self-confidence,
students to attend and they came willingly, some enthusiastically. resilience, and strength to resist harmful peer pressure.
It became apparent that these Year 9 students were going to be
given an opportunity to re-invent their image and to grow in this We are hopeful that this program will be a great asset to our
position of responsibility. Middle School students and the ones who are led this year will
eventually grow into the leaders.
Our recently chosen Peer Group Leaders were inducted today - Sue Lyneham Counsellor /Cluster Advisor
Working with young people in their communities
“ I am so proud of them and what they have
achieved. Just absolute stars. And they deserve
to do well. Really well. Good on ‘em”
models are trained in leadership and matched with young people.
This program centres on the Bataluk Trail, an indigenous cultural
During 2006 Stride was working in seven communities around
trail that spreads from west to east Gippsland and provides a
Australia. These programs were the result of the merger with
link between tribal elders, community role models and young
Bounce Back Foundation which brought with it the community
aboriginal people in the region.
based development and mentoring programs. Bounce Back
Foundation continues to exist as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Online Dreaming – Providing leadership and online mentoring
Stride Foundation to deliver these programs. to young people in the South Australian Communities of Port
Augusta, Ceduna and Coober Pedy. Participants are provided with
During the year we have expanded the delivery of these projects
mentoring through weekly emails and fortnightly teleconferences.
in the community through the addition of the Sports Mentoring
program which is being delivered in partnership with the Healthy Choices – Health and ﬁtness program in primary schools
Coonamble Community. The Inspire programs are valued by the with students from grade 5 and 6 centred around assisting young
communities through our ongoing commitment to working with people to take ownership of their health and ﬁtness choices.
young people in a positive and wholistic way. Healthy Choices uses professional athletes and nutritionist to
provide a framework for young people to make more positive
The programs that we have been delivering include:
Wathaurong Strengthening Communities Program – This is a
Music Mentoring Program - Playford SA – This is a music mentor
mentoring program with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative
program with disconnected young people. Local musicians
in the Geelong region. Local role models are trained in leadership
mentor young people who have disconnected with education and
and matched with local young people in a mentoring relationship.
employment, using music and the arts.
This relationship is enhanced through the provision of skills for the
participants to take ownership of a project that will have a positive Sport Mentoring – Coonamble NSW – This program is focused on
impact on the community. Indigenous adolescents in Coonamble who are disengaged from
their school and education. Using both national and local athletes
Ramahyuk – This is a Koori leadership program operating
as mentors it aims to reintegrate young males into school to
throughout Gippsland with indigenous young people, delivered
continue their education and improve their employment prospects.
in partnership with Ramahyuk Aboriginal Cooperative. Local role
Stride Foundation 2006 Annual Report 06
“ I felt it was a way to help children who may be having
problems and help injectmore positivity, motivation and
encouragement into their lives.”
Resources for use with young people
Resources for use with young people Movers & Shakers Cards – A set of cards designed to help students
take positive action on issues of concern. With a wide variety
We have developed many resources for use within a school or
of uses, these cards can generate group discussion on a range
community setting to inspire and inform young people.
of issues, help leaders create change, encourage creative class
During 2006 we have been successfully promoting our Big presentations and deﬁne tasks for cooperative group work.
Night Out game. In our work with young people we found that
Big Night Out – Big Night Out is an interactive board game that
inexperience, the pressure to follow others, alcohol and the
allows young people to rehearse their responses to risky situations
adolescent sense of invincibility create instances of dangerous
by exploring scenarios and discussing these with peers. This is a
behaviour by young people when at parties or with friends. The best
great resource for Year 9 and 10 students.
we can do, it seems, is to warn young people of possible dangers
and prepare them for potential difﬁculties. This is what we hoped “Excellent addition to resources used during PD
to do with our Big Night Out game. Designed with the students at lessons on peer pressure/safe sex/drug and alcohol use”
St Helena Secondary College, it focuses attention on presenting
real scenarios and rehearsing a number of common responses Brave It Posters – Feel it – Think it – Act it. A set of resilience
to situations but adds that additional element of a score which posters, designed for students from Year 5 upwards. These posters
suggests that some behaviours are more likely to be safer than present a three step process for positive action when life is getting
others. The aim of the game is for a group of young people to go us down.
out to a party and all return safely home at the end of the night.
Mentor Power Pack – This pack has been designed for Peer Leaders
Friendship Posters – Pack of ﬁve posters that focus on different to use with younger students. There are 17 sessions covering topics
social skills. They can be displayed in classrooms and children can such as: Our School, Friends, Bullying, Goals, Getting Organised, Self
be encouraged to follow the ﬁve steps needed each time they ﬁnd Reﬂection, Having Fun, How We Think, Our Community, Including
themselves in a situation which requires a thoughtful response. Everyone, Champions, Deal with Stuff that Happens, Handling
Stride also sells other resources which are for use within
schools that use our programs including badges, certiﬁcates
and games books.
Volunteers Our Community Partners
Stride would like to thank all those that volunteered their time RMIT
during the year. Most especially Janet Chahoub, Ashley Carr, KIDS Foundation
Nicole Blashksi. Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Victoria
Youth Services Collaboration Project
Catholic Church Insurances
Eight Black Group
KPMG Victorian State Government:
Fenton Communications Department of Education and Training
South Australian State Government:
Victorian Teachers Credit Union
Department of Mental Health
Microsoft Unlimited Potential
Aviva Group Federal Government:
Yachtmaster Sailing School Department of Families, Communities Services
Victoria Yacht Charters and Indigenous Affairs
Department of Health & Ageing
Gandel Charitable Trust
The Honda Foundation
Royal Victorian Bowls Association
William Angliss (Victoria) Charitable Fund
Geelong College of Unity and Prudence
Parncutt Family Foundation
And all those who donated to our work
The Myer Foundation
The Danks Trust
Melbourne Newsboys Foundation
Coca-Cola Australia Foundation
Stride Foundation 2006 Annual Report 08
2006 represented a year of unprecedented growth for Stride successfully turned around a deﬁcit of $(43,931) in 2005 to
Stride Foundation. Income more than doubled that of the record a proﬁt in 2006 of $9,612. This outcome was consistent with
previous year, increasing by $516,140 or 144% to $875,101. budget objectives and consolidates the organisation’s ﬁnancial
Much of this growth has been through the expansion of position and outlook.
our programs in Victoria and Australia, largely reﬂecting the
These ﬁgures obtained from the full ﬁnancial report of Stride
impact of the merger between Peer Support Foundation/
Foundation limited for the year ended 2006. The Full Financial
Connecting Kids Company and Bounce Back Foundation.
report and Auditors Report is available free of charge on request
This expansion provides the foundation for continued
from Stride Foundation. A copy may be requested by calling
organisational success in 2007 and beyond.
(03) 9489 1611 or by emailing ofﬁce@stride.org.au.
5 1- Revenue from Services - 53% 5 1 - Employees – 48%
4 2 - Project Grants - 27% 4 2- Program & Training expenses – 32%
3 - Government Grants – 9% 3 - Depreciation/Amortisation – 7%
4 - Revenue from sale 4 - Administration – 6%
of Resources – 4% 5 - Marketing – 4%
5 - Donations – 3.5% 6 - Other – 3%
1 6 - Financial Income – 3% 1
7 - Other – 0.5%
Stride Foundation 2006 Annual Report 10
I felt it was a way to help children
who may be having problems and help
inject mo re positivity, motivation and
encoura gement in to their lives.”
“I have c ome from an underprivileged
backgroun d and know how hard it can
keep yourse lf together when life is hard.”
“These kids are just stars and they have
achieve d so much. Come so far.
I am so p roud of them and what they
have ach ieved. Just absolute stars.
Stride Foundation Ltd
230 Rae Street, North Fitzroy, VIC 3068 ofﬁce@stride.org.au
Phone 03 9489 1611
Fax 03 9481 1711 www.stride.org.au
ABN 97 006 716 758