Through the Mentor Program Cottage by the Sea works with children from disadvantaged backgrounds and raises their skills, confidence and expectations, thus improving their school attendance, which increases the probability of them remaining in an educational setting and ultimately gaining employment. We aim to teach all participants cooking skills and provide opportunities to be self sufficient and for some, ongoing support to the traineeship/apprentice stage.
The REEF program so far has been a great success but we have identified a need for ongoing support for the graduates of this program. By extending our Mentor program we are confident that we can continue to support these young people through their progress in school, home life, community and employment.
For participants to:
- develop basic life skills
- attend CBTS camps as assistant camp leaders
- connect with and act as role models for children participating in Cottage camps
- develop and consolidate leadership skills
- gain valuable, practical volunteer work experience
- transfer positive experiences developed during the REEF and National programs back into the community
- maintain self discipline
- assist and lead small groups
- represent and participate in fundraising for Cottage by the Sea
- maintain positive physical and mental health
- avoid depression
Relative to the Cottage, school, home and community
- attendance and active participation
- academic success and enjoyment
- positive role models
- healthy lifestyle
- sel-esteem and confidence
- social skills
- respect for self and others
- active community involvement
- formal and informal qualificatons
- increased opportunities
- potential traineeship in a field of interest
- ongoing involvement in CBTS
- lifelong CBTS ambassadors
In September, 2012, a group of Mentor campers plus staff enjoyed a sensational 10 days cruising the Kimberleys region of Western Australia. Check out the fun!
Thanks to all the guys from K2O Kimberley Cruises, who fully funded the cruise.