End of year reflections

As we farewell another year, the time is ripe to take stock on where we are. As a six-year young business striving to break through, challenges are a common occurrence. And as a for purpose organisation, resources are scarce. It is within this complex environment that our core values come out to play every day. 


I want to take a moment to thank those who have embraced these values with us and supported The Helmsman Project throughout the year:

* Our team, for their continued hard work, passion and openness

* Our board, for their critical thinking, dedication and connections

* Our volunteers and pro bono partners, for their commitment, skills and enthusiasm

* Our funders, for their belief in our vision, donations that keep us going and incredible support

* Our school partners, for their collaboration, flexibility and devotion to young people

* And the latter, for welcoming our program into their lives and inspiring us to do more and better every day

To conclude 2019, our board and executive team came together to reflect on our achievements of the past year, and set goals for the one to come. We celebrated our top three big wins of 2019 as being:

*We helped transform the lives of 63 young people from four Western Sydney high schools

*We rolled out an impactful eight-week program integrating a community project workshop, a five-day outdoor adventure education challenge and six weeks of group coaching - all to fit within a school term

*We completed data collection for our Australian Research Council-funded research project, and the resulting PhD was submitted for assessment 

Looking ahead at what we want to achieve over the next 12-18 months, our three big audacious goals are to:

*Impact the lives of 200 young people from 10 schools by 30 June 2021 (FY21)

*To enable the above, raise an additional $150K over and above existing funding by 30 June 2020 (FY20)

*On top of this, raise yet another $150K by 30 June 2021 (FY21) 

These are ambitious goals. Our research (to be released next year) tells us we’re having significant positive outcomes on young people in disadvantaged communities. So we should be doing more. We need to dream big, plan carefully and execute courageously. We will again live and breathe our values of hope, self-regulation, resilience and community… and we hope you will continue to support us on our collective journey to create a world where young people realise their potential.

Enjoy the festive holidays ahead and looking forward to connecting in the new year and collaborating towards a successful 2020! 


Best wishes,

Kim Larochelle








Kim Larochelle

Kim joined The Helmsman Project as a volunteer when it first started delivering programs in 2013. In January 2014, she became one of the organisation's first two employees and is now CEO. She has had the privilege, along with the team, to witness and support The Helmsman Project's growth.

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