The Helmsman Project and Creating Chances join forces



Youth organisations The Helmsman Project and Creating Chances are joining forces to make a game-changing impact on the lives of young people across NSW and Australia. 

Subject to final documentation, The Helmsman Project will be merging with Creating Chances on 29 June. Both organisations share a mission to inspire, develop and empower young people, and have been working in similar communities with highly diverse populations. The move represents a great opportunity to increase the impact and reach of our respective programs.

Not only will The Helmsman Project programs continue to be delivered in schools through Creating Chances’ leadership, but the merger will enable existing Helmsman Project and Creating Chances partner schools and participants more opportunities and enhanced outcomes.

Ultimately, this will see hundreds of young people every year impacted through the unique experiential learning and coaching methodology we have established over the years. 

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Kim Larochelle, CEO of The Helmsman Project, explained the organisation’s decision as a desire to ensure the potential that had been established to date could be capitalised on, and many more young people could be positively transformed.

“We have always believed as an organisation that if our impact on young people could be greater and our costs lower by virtue of collaborating with or being a part of a larger, like-minded organisation, it was an opportunity we had to engage with.

“I have been familiar with the work of Creating Chances for many years and I have always been incredibly impressed by the passion of their leaders and teams, their thoroughly designed evidence-based suite of programs and their sustainable business model. I couldn’t think of a better home for The Helmsman Project to flourish in the years to come,” said Kim. 

Brad McCarroll, GM of Creating Chances, said the collaboration was a fantastic opportunity to carry on the legacy of The Helmsman Project, and complement their existing offering. 

“Creating Chances and The Helmsman Project have been operating in similar schools and communities for a decade and we are well aware of their amazing impact. We are looking forward to continuing the journey and growing the number of students who participate in their life-changing programs.

“Operationally, the Helmsman adventure coaching program also fills an important gap for us and it will be aligned with the Game Changer stage of the Creating Chances pathway, whilst continuing to be offered to current partner schools of The Helmsman Project. We will bring young people from diverse backgrounds together for adventure programs, having an immeasurable impact on their futures and the communities in which they live,” said Brad.

The transition will not only lead to greater outcomes for young people, but also increased opportunities to engage for corporate and government stakeholders.

The Helmsman Project was founded in 2012 with the purpose to equip young people with the skills and perspective to set meaningful goals, overcome setbacks, persevere and thrive. Since then, the organisation has transformed the lives of nearly 500 young people through its flagship adventure coaching program and just under 1,000 through its newly-launched wellbeing program.

These achievements have been possible thanks to the vision, passion and drive of its founders, directors, leaders and community of supporters, becoming a leading youth development organisation in metropolitan Sydney. Accordingly, Creating Chances will integrate The Helmsman Project into its governance and social enterprise business model, working with the education sector to ensure Helmsman programs are sustainable for decades to come.

Creating Chances currently has operations in Sunraysia (Far South West NSW), Armidale, Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Illawarra, Metropolitan Sydney and Frankston in Melbourne, which will involve over 60 high schools in the next two years. Like The Helmsman Project, Creating Chances programs focus on making an impact on the social and emotional learning of the complete cross section of Australia’s society including Aboriginal, Ezidi refugee, Afghan refugee, Pacifika and highly diverse and disadvantaged communities.

For more information on Creating Chances, visit www.creatingchances.org.au




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