Members of Rotary Club Maroubra, welcomed guest speakers Cianni & Yvette from Weave Youth and Community Services, on Monday 16th October, to talk about the Kool Kids program.
Weave Youth and Community Services, is place-based community organisation that has been delivering a range of programs, supports and services developed with and for the
community for 47 years. Weave’s origins date back to 1976, when a group of local Aboriginal women in Redfern/Waterloo advocated for services, activities and support for local young people.
Weave’s purpose is to empower people to change their lives, and healing is at the centre of our work. As a non-Aboriginal controlled organisation, Weave is strongly committed to walking alongside Aboriginal people in their ongoing fight for justice and self-determination. Over 70% of all those they support across Weave are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
The Weave Kool Kids Program is an early intervention and prevention program providing children aged 7-12 years with opportunities to engage in skill-building recreational activities and therapeutic mentoring.
The Switch Leadership component of the program supports 13-18 year olds who have been through the children’s program to be peer mentors and get support
through adolescence. The three fundamental aims of the Kool Kids Program that have held true since the program began in 2001 are:
● Keep children engaged in education
● Build the confidence, strength and resilience of children
● Provide respite to families experiencing complex issues
These programs have a far reaching positive impact for kids, families and community. Through positive engagement experiences they are helping these kids grow and thrive into becoming the next generation of future community leaders.