As Global Good Foundation chief executive Tanya Dupagne will tell you, giving children and young people a chance to learn leadership skills for the future can make a world of difference today.
Ms Dupagne has been celebrating the expansion of the Kwinana organisation’s camp program after it was awarded a community safety grant from the State Government.
The camp program takes children who have been affected by domestic violence and builds up their confidence and trust in others.
Ms Dupagne said the program would now encompass young people as well as smaller children. The program’s previous cut-off was at 13.
“We’re incorporating leadership aspects into it as well, so the aim is eventually the kids coming through that program will actually be able to be camp leaders and councillors themselves,” she said.
“I already have a number of kids on a waiting list for it because we’ve got a list of kids who came to camp last year and are now too old, they will now transfer into the new one.
“It’s really exciting to be able to deliver it to them as well.”
GGF will receive $17,384 to expand the program which will work with 16 disengaged young people who are being impacted by domestic violence to provide them with the skills to break the cycle.Ms Dupagne said the feedback from camps which had already run was extremely positive and she was confident of continuing the work with older children.