Baptist Care SA offers a smorgasbord of innovative projects and programs designed to excite, upskill and equip young people for life.
Our school services team provides wrap-around support across a range of life domains to help improve student’s knowledge, skills, health and wellbeing.
These schools based programs are having a real impact as thousands of students from over a hundred schools are supported to make the most of life’s opportunities; navigating challenges such as digital citizenship, bullying, anxiety and substance misuse, as well as assisting with school, work and community connections.
331 young people who were not going to complete school this year, have successfully re-engaged with learning through our Flexible Learning Options (FLO) program. Half of these were experiencing mental ill-health that interfered with their schooling. Today, they are reconnecting to community, as counselling, numeracy, literacy and Work Smart programs are complemented by health and well-being initiatives.
The FLO team often work together with our Mental Health & Wellbeing Services (MHWS) to support young people with high complexity. Additionally, MHWS offer popular in-school programs, such as DRUMBEAT and Calmer Kids, to help young people develop resilience, emotional regulation and calming techniques. In the past 12 months, 210 students across 19 schools participated in MHWS; a further 300 learned about responsible digital citizenship through CybersafeME.
Nearly 7,000 students from 93 schools took part in camps and outdoor activities at our Mylor Campsite in the Adelaide Hills last financial year. Nestled alongside the Onkaparinga River, the facility is currently undertaking a multimillion dollar upgrade including a new kitchen, dormitories, mountain bike and walking trails. Elsewhere in Adventure, 89% of teenagers who participated in Tumbelin, our adventure-based therapeutic Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) program, reported reductions in AOD use.
Over the past 18 months we have been offering Urban Education programs from our Inner City site. 594 students have taken part; assisting with meals preparation and service in our WestCare kitchen, taking part in Rough Sleep Outs or learning about homelessness or Aboriginal cultural awareness from practitioners with lived experiences.
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