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our mission
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
          brighter future

about Stride
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.

Peter Whiting
Chair – Stride Foundation Ltd

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CEO’s Report
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
educational sector.

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.

Ken Dusting
                                                                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
Training Manager.
                                                                         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

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   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

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“ 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.
Thank You

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
                                                                   Leading Teams
Catholic Church Insurances
Eight Black Group
Fenwicks Software
                                                                   Government Funders
KPMG                                                               Victorian State Government:
Fenton Communications                                              Department of Education and Training
Minter Ellison
                                                                   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
                                                                   Balwyn Rotary
Mazda Foundation
                                                                   Royal Victorian Bowls Association
AER Foundation
                                                                   John Gramc
William Angliss (Victoria) Charitable Fund
                                                                   Simon Chen
IOOF Foundation
                                                                   Geelong College of Unity and Prudence
Perpetual Trustees
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
Financial Information

  financials highlights
   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

          Revenue                                                               Expenditure
                  6                                                                          6
              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%
   3                                                                             3
                                          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
                    be to
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
  Phone 03 9489 1611
  Fax 03 9481 1711                
  ABN 97 006 716 758

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