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					                                  Stride Out              E-Newsletter
                                               October 2010

                                        Partner Programs Free of Charge
                        Stride’s Loyalty Program –Why Schools should come on board
                                        Welcome our new Board Members
                                         Andrew Fuller joins Stride Board
                                        Welcome our new CEO – Jane Hill
                              Mentoring through Music Mildura Specialist School
                                 Communities Gather for Student Film Showing
                                       Stride meets Bunbury August 2010
                                    Lara EnviroMentors Celebration Evening
                                         Sport for Life in South Australia




                            Partner Programs Free of Charge
Let me ask you a question…
Do budget constraints impede your school’s ability to offer its students programs that can benefit their social
and emotional development?
After discussions with numerous schools the overriding answer to this question is usually YES!
Therefore, how is a school who has already used their allocated yearly budget able to have students trained in
peer support, leadership or vital anti bullying programs?


                      School Focused Youth Services (SFYS) is a department within Victorian Local Councils
                      that offer schools grants to join with partner organisations to deliver programs that
                      have sustainable outcomes for students. Without such a fantastic and valuable
                      initiative like this many schools could not offer programs to students that are crucial in
                      enhancing their wellbeing and safety.

Stride has partnered numerous schools in Victoria to deliver our programs. Without SFYS funding these
partnerships would not have been possible!

Stride is passionate about the school based programs they deliver and would appreciate the opportunity to
collaborate with your school! Please refer to our website www.stride.org.au and go to the School Program
section for a full description of the programs we offer.
With programs such as MPower, Revved Up, CyberS@vvy, Peer Support, Leadership, Supportive Friends,
Fantastic Friends and Peer Mediation, Stride Foundation offers a wide range of programs that are made to meet
the needs of your school.
If you work in a school within Victoria please contact your local SFYS department and apply for a grant to have
us partner your school and deliver one of our fantastic programs free of charge!
Please contact Stride on 9489 1611 for further information on our Achieve programs.
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           Join Stride’s Loyalty Program – 12 Month Membership
                    Are you addressing issues regarding youth today?
      Become a member of Stride Foundation to receive great benefits listed below:
• Significant discounts on all workshops as a member      • Stride newsletter direct to your inbox bi-monthly
• Exclusive ‘Members Only’ online facility                • Support from Stride staff to help you achieve the
• Free gift of either Communicate or Movers and             best results from our programs
  Shakers (value $40.00) for the first 200 to sign        • Updated information and news affecting schools and
  up/register.                                              students
• Workshop participants will receive a Teacher            • Invitation to Stride events and launches
  Training manual free of charge (saving $60.00)          • Discount of up to 20% on all Resources
• FREE Cyber bullying booklet
Our Work and Programs:
For more than 24 years, Stride has been making a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young people,
teachers, schools and communities. This impact sees young people:
• supporting each other while deferring appropriate issues to adults, such as talk of self-harm or suicide
• equipped with the skills to fulfil leadership roles
• applying assertiveness skills and resisting such pressures as using drugs, having inappropriate sex (high
   risk sexual activities) or participating in bullying
• becoming more resilient and working through issues constructively
• participate more fully in school life and beyond
• deal better with body image and develop self-confidence in positive ways
• improve education performance and remain at school longer
• communicate better with parents, teachers and peers
• equipped with various life skills such as coping with adversity and setting goals
• reintroduced to education and develop career objectives
• become role models to others.

“The Supportive Friends Program is a powerful and successful strategy to achieve school goals and school
culture. It builds life-long skills and the capacity for strong relationships – the essential bedrock of a
compassionate, tolerant and an inclusive society. The program has had a significant impact on student
engagement and addresses wellbeing issues for students facing a range of difficult situations in their lives.” -
Assistant School Principal

To Join:
Complete the form below and email/fax back to           Fax:   (03) 9481 1711
                                                        Email: office@stride.org.au

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                              Welcome New Board Members
Stride is pleased to announce that it has merged with the Resilience Foundation. The work of Resilience
Foundation is based on surveys and measurement of resilience in young people, while also providing a platform
for leaders and practitioners interested in networking, support and training of asset building.
As part of this initiative, Stride welcomes three new directors to the Board. Working in partnership with the
Resilience Foundation, Stride will now be responsible for carrying out the important work of measuring
resilience in young people, and finding new ways to enhance their resilience profile.
 Peter Wicking
 Peter's involvement with the education sector spans 40 years beginning as a
 Secondary school teacher at Fawkner High School in 1970. He subsequently
 pursued a career as a business proprietor in the jewellery industry. Peter also
 remains very active in a variety of community organisations, including founding
 the 'Deep Spring' Counselling Centre Beaumaris.

 For the last 16 years Peter has served on a School Board in a range of
 committee roles including marketing, finance, governance, and as Chair of the
 Foundation. Since 2006 Peter has been Director of the Resilience Foundation.
 In this role he has been intimately involved in the development of innovative
 initiatives aimed at strengthening the resilience of school children including the
 disadvantaged.

 As a Director of the Stride Foundation Peter looks forward to making a positive
 contribution to the ongoing mission and objectives of the Foundation.
 Ian Larsen
 Ian spent the first 46 years in Queensland and then came to Victoria to take up
 a new position. Ian’s career history includes 35 years with the Commonwealth
 Bank in a variety of jobs culminating in appointment to the position of Treasurer
 Victoria for the Bank.
 Ian retired in 1998 and then resumed work as General Manager for a small
 manufacturer and exporter of laboratory instruments. Ian has been Treasurer of
 the Mentone Grammar School Board since 1995 and became an inaugural
 director of the newly formed Resilience Foundation in 2007.
 “I enjoy giving something back to the communities that have nurtured me and
 my family and am greatly looking forward to helping disadvantaged children as
 a member of the Board of the Stride Foundation.”



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Andrew Fuller joins Stride Board
 Andrew Fuller is a renowned clinical psychologist who specializes in the
 wellbeing of young people and their families. Andrew works with many schools
 and communities all across Australia and internationally. He is a Fellow of the
 Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational
 Development at the University of Melbourne.

 Andrew has been a principal consultant to the national drug prevention strategy
 REDI, the ABC on children’s television shows, is an Ambassador for Mind Matters
 and is a member of the National Coalition Against Bullying.

 Andrew has established programs for the promotion of mental health in schools,
 substance abuse prevention, and the reduction of violence and bullying, suicide
 prevention programs and for assisting homeless young people. Andrew
 continues to counsel young people.


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                                New CEO on Board – Jane Hill
                               This month we welcome Jane Hill our new CEO.
                               Jane brings over 15 years in senior management roles in the not-for-profit sector,
                               including five years as the CEO of the Bone Marrow Donor Institute. With extensive
                               experience in leadership, governance and strategy, Jane has led not-for-profit
                               organisations in a range of sectors including education, telecommunications,
                               finance, health.
                               Jane grew up in the country on her family’s farm near Heathcote in central
                               Victoria. After graduating with an Arts/Law degree from the University of
                               Melbourne, she went on to complete a marketing degree, an MBA and obtained her
                               Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
                               Jane spent two and a half years at KPMG where she authored KPMG’s flagship
                               publication, the Company Director’s Toolkit, a comprehensive guide to good
                               governance.
“I am looking forward to       “I am looking forward to working with the Board and Stride staff team to continue
working with the Board         our vital work in assisting young people to reach their potential.” she said.
and Stride staff team to
                               In her spare time, Jane enjoys travel to exotic destinations with her Partner,
continue our vital work
                               Michael, competitive road cycling and cake decorating.
in assisting young people
to reach their potential.”

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               Mentoring Through Music, Mildura Specialist School
 In September, Happy Dragon, St.George Bank’s much-loved mascot, visited Mildura to present a cheque to Stride
 for the ‘Mentoring Through Music’ program which will be commencing Term 1, 2011.
 The program involves local musicians who are trained as mentors working directly
 with identified young people within a school setting. Weekly sessions are
 scheduled around the school timetable. During these sessions the music mentors
 teach young people an instrument of choice, while offering support and guidance
 for other aspects of their life.
 Mildura Specialist School caters for students aged 5 – 18 years.
 The school is the only facility of its type in this large and remote geographical
 region.
 The students will work towards a final performance. This presents a wonderful
 opportunity to showcase their new talents and celebrate achievements with their
 mentors, parents, teachers and the school community.




                                 On behalf of Stride and Mildura
                                 Specialist School, we would
                                 like to thank St George                                Happy Dragon with Robert
                                                                                        Kerr, Regional Executive,
                                 Foundation for their generous
                                                                                        St George Bank and Lyn
                                 support.                                               Nicholson, Stride Foundation


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                  Communities Gather for Student Film Showing
In September 2010 Stride Foundation held community events in Coober Pedy and Ceduna to celebrate youth
participation and achievement in the Online Dreaming Program.

                                        Students participated in a series of film making workshops guided by our
                                        role model and film director Scott Baskett along with support staff within
                                        the three schools.
                                        After scripting their own stories and learning how to operate the film
                                        equipment students created their own films. These were then presented to
                                        the community at both events with certificates and their own copy of the
                                        films.
                                        The program focused around engaging young people in education through
                                        multimedia and incorporated important educational learning outcomes such
                                        as literacy, communication skills and problem solving.


It was really pleasing to see the support and presence
of the community in both Coober Pedy and Ceduna.
The diversity of people present ranged from the
participating young people to elders, teachers to the
supporting partners of the project thus creating a
warm, communal atmosphere. There were
approximately 50 people present on both nights. This
was valuable not only to celebrate the young peoples’
success but fostering connectedness in their
community. It was great to hear laughter from all
corners during the films as well!

Stride would like to thank Bob Pryce, Lisa Rigney,
Pearl Austin and Sandra Warren of the Coober Pedy
Area School, Ethel Cherrington and her team at
Umoona Community Council and Rom Puccio, Kaye
Webb, Joel Champion and Adam Claridge from
Crossways Lutheran and Ceduna Area School
respectively.

    Stride would also like to acknowledge the
      support of the Australian Government
   Department of Families, Housing, Community
   Services and Indigenous Affairs, through the
         Community Investment Program.

               Films will be available to view on Stride’s YouTube channel soon so keep an eye out for them,
               they are excellent viewing!


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                         Stride meets Bunbury August 2010
In August Stride was lucky enough to shrug off its winter coat and make a trip out to sunny Bunbury in Perth to
deliver MPower and Revved Up teacher training at the All Seasons Sanctuary Golf Resort.

It’s not often that Stride is able to travel so far from home but with generous funding from BHP WORSLEY
ALUMINA we were able accommodate the extra distance and associated costs.
                                      The MPower program aims to
                                      address     issues   that    are
                                      prevalent     amongst     female
                                      students like cliques, exclusion
                                      and stereotyping.
                                      The Revved Up program focuses
                                      on addressing issues more
                                      commonly associated with male
                                      students      like     managing
                                      aggressive      behaviour   and
                                      situations and learning how to
                                      cool down when ‘revved up’.
Each session ran over a half day with a variety of teaching staff attending. Both Mpower and Revved Up had
schools represented by a diverse cross section of ‘teaching staff’ including class room teachers, year level
coordinators, student well being staff, nurses and chaplains.
Following the workshops these teachers will be able to deliver program content to relevant student groups in
their schools with the aim of addressing specific issues of concern and developing a more positive culture within
the school.
Both sessions were a huge success with all staff greatly appreciative of the opportunity to gain new strategies,
skills and hands on practical activities to implement with students. Like with all Stride's teacher PD’s, the
resounding feedback was an appreciation of training with content that was directly transferable to the
classroom.
For more information on either MPower or Revved Up please refer to the Stride website www.stride.org.au or
call Stride on (03) 9489 1611.


                      Stride would like to thank BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina for enriching the
                      schools of Bunbury by providing generous funding for the Revved Up and
                      MPower Girls PD workshops for all the teachers in Bunbury area.



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                       Lara EnviroMentors Celebration Evening
 Stride is pleased to announce the upcoming Celebration Evening for the Lara
 EnviroMentors project to be held in November.

 The EnviroMentors Lara Program is designed to provide opportunities for
 young people to engage with local mentors through a series of conservation
 and environmental activities in their community.

 The program works closely with Lara Secondary College to provide an
 interesting and alternative learning path in a time where environmental
 issues are of great importance to society.

 Stride Foundation would like to acknowledge the support of the following
 project partners: Conservation Volunteers Australia, Marine Discovery
 Centre, Serendip Sanctuary, Water Watch, Parks Victoria and Barwon Coast.

 Stride Foundation would also like to acknowledge the generous support from
 the following funders:
 - Percy Baxter Charitable Trust (managed by Perpetual Trustees),
 - The Ian Potter Foundation,
 - Coca-Cola Australia Foundation,
 - United Way Geelong,
 - City of Greater Geelong and the
 - Trustees of the Estate of the late FED Buckley through
 - Wightons Lawyers Geelong.
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Sport for Life in South Australia
         Stride’s Sport for Life program will be coming back to the South
         Australian communities of Ceduna, Koonibba, Coober Pedy,
         Oodnadatta, Leigh Creek, Marree, Port Augusta and Port Pirie during
         the period of November 8 - 26.
         The Sport for Life Program is funded by DEEWR

         Term 4 Workshop Dates:
         Coober Pedy                 Nov 9
         Marree & Leigh Creek        Nov 10 – 11
         Port Augusta                Nov 16 – 17
         Port Pirie                  Nov 18 – 19
         Ceduna               Nov 30 – Dec 1
         Koonibba                    Dec 2



         Stride’s Sport for Life program receives funding through the
         Sporting Chances Program through the Australian Government
         Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.




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