Young people who have been affected by disadvantage have had many experiences that required them to develop a range of coping mechanisms, many of which are admirable life skills. However, it is typical for young people in these circumstances to experience lower levels of support, which makes it difficult for them to realise they possess these valuable attributes.Read more
CREATING BETTER FUTURES
YOUNG PEOPLE. MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The Helmsman Project helps young people develop important life skills, so they can overcome setbacks and find the confidence to pursue their dreams.
“My name is Rashad. In my sixteen years, I have had two life-changing journeys on a boat. The first was when I came out to Australia from Afghanistan. The second was The Helmsman Project.”
The Helmsman Project is a coaching and experiential learning program for Year 9 students located in communities experiencing disadvantage. Through professional coaching, hands-on experiences and community projects, young people learn to see the opportunities available to them and increase their sense of hope, self-regulation, resilience and community mindedness. Equipped with these essential life skills, they can make better decisions and reach their full potential.
Why support The Helmsman Project
We work in schools located in areas affected by disadvantage, inspiring students to engage with and give back to their local communities.
We designed our program based on robust evidence from the fields of developmental and coaching psychology.
Our approach is designed to positively impact more than just our individual participants. We engage parents, teachers and the school community, developing long-term partnerships to bring about social change on a broader scale.
Our initial research results show that the programs have a positive effect on participants’ hope, self-efficacy, self-confidence, as well as their overall well-being.
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Our program is a world-first in developmental coaching for young people.
Everything we do, from our program design to our volunteer strategy, is driven by our pursuit of excellence.
Our work has changed the lives of our young participants, their families and the wider community.
We incorporate cutting-edge research from the fields of psychology, coaching and adventure education into our unique program. Our impact is evaluated through an extensive research project.