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Ceo video blog: Resilience

In psychology, resilience is the capacity to bounce back from adversity, conflict, and failure or even positive events, progress, and increased responsibility. For our team, resilience is three things: welcome challenges, bounce back and be courageous.

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Breaking silos in isolation

Kim reflects on how the 'water cooler conversations' and the benefits of those interactions don't exist in a work-from-home environment. The random, unplanned chats can often be one of the ways in which information flows between departments, collaboration ideas spark and organisational culture thrives. So how can we create a ‘water cooler’ effect in a remote working environment?

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Celebrating seven years

Wednesday, 22 July marked seven years of The Helmsman Project delivering life-changing programs to young people. We’ve come a long way since 2013 and while many aspects of our organisation have changed and grown over the years, we are proud to stick by the same mission: to help young people develop the skills and perspective to set goals, overcome setbacks, persevere and thrive.  

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Program update: One-to-one coaching

Right now, some students are doing it tough. And as we haven't been able to set foot in our partner schools since March, we've developed an initiative to provide our much needed support to those students in need. 

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Covid-19 and its impact on schooling, teaching and wellbeing

  • posted by Matthew Robinson |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project , Coaching , Community

COVID 19 has had and is continuing to have a significant and substantial impact on the education of billions of students around the globe. Schools have been closed and teachers have had to develop remote educational experiences and content, almost overnight, using new and at times unfamiliar online technologies.

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The silver lining

As the reality of self-isolation, social distancing and home schooling sets in, I can’t help myself but to think that some positive - dare I say, great - things will come out of this dire situation.

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Supporting Adolescents and their Wellbeing

  • posted by Matt Robinson |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project , Coaching , Community, Life skills 

Our organisation has been working with young people for nearly seven years, supporting them to maintain a positive wellbeing, and we would like to offer families some of our expert knowledge in this space.

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The year to come

  • posted by Kim Larochelle |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project , Coaching , Community, Fundraising , Research 

As we welcome a new year, Kim gives an overview on how The Helmsman Project is kickstarting 2020.

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Work Skills with Endeavour Energy

The Technical Training Branch at Endeavour Energy conducted a 6-week program with some Year 9 Helmsman students. The program was designed to teach skills to manage risks, build confidence and prepare young people for employment.

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2019 Graduation

  • posted by The Helmsman Project |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project , Adventure education , Coaching , Community, Life skills 

On Wednesday 4 December, The Helmsman Project celebrated 63 young people from schools across Western Sydney completing our program. The Helmsman Project graduation is a highly anticipated event. It gives everyone an opportunity to hear directly from the students the impact the program has had on them.

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Words from a Principal

  • posted by Zena Dabaja |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project , Community

Zena shares her reflection on the impact The Helmsman Project has not only on the participants, but the surrounding community.

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5 tips to align corporate giving with employee engagement

In my six years in the not-for-profit sector, I’ve come across really successful examples of corporate foundations engaging their employees in their community objectives. The best of these managed to not only generate a sense of purpose among their employees, but also made a tremendous impact on the charities they supported.

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Our impact in our graduates’ words

The Helmsman Project started as a vision to help young people achieve their potential and make a difference in the world. This vision was brought into being through the passion and dedication of a team of people committed to this idea. Now, six years on, we know our program makes a difference in the lives of our participants not only because that’s what our research tells us, but most importantly, because our graduates tell us it does.

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Words from a coach

Matt Robinson has coached on a number of The Helmsman Project programs since 2016 and has recently joined The Helmsman team. Here's a reflection from Matt on his coaching experiences with young people in Western Sydney.

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Does size matter?

Kim addresses the challenges faced by charities in Australia, touching on how The Helmsman Project manages these and the important role of strategy. 

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Volunteer Spotlight

Bindi Newman volunteered with The Helmsman Project coaching team in 2018, coaching on one of our programs with Strathfield South High School. Here's Bindi's reflection on her experience coaching with us.

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Work experience week

Jemma joined The Helmsman Project for a week of work experience in October 2018. Jemma reflects on the valuable experiences and lessons she gained during her week with us.

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Experiencing our community project

  • posted by Robert Milne |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project , Community

In my first week at The Helmsman Project I was lucky to visit the schools and meet the students enrolled in our programs. One of the highlights of The Helmsman Project’s program is the community projects which students plan and commit to once the program concludes....

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Volunteer spotlight

We are so fortunate at The Helmsman Project to be assisted by dedicated, professional and skilled volunteers. We interviewed Craig King, Senior Graphic Designer at Goodman, who designs collateral on a variety of projects for us, and asked him about why he enjoys working with The Helmsman Project.  

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Message from our CEO - May

Innovation and growth can only happen when the client's needs or desires are understood. With this thought in mind and in line with our aspiration to continue to impact the lives of our graduates, we recently launched a new and exciting initiative...

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Message from our CEO - March

We have recently held our fourth annual charity dinner, presented at The Funding Network’s Macquarie Foundation event and launched our 10th wave of programs. Amongst all this, we have developed, refined and launched a five-year strategy to support The Helmsman Project to grow and prosper into the future...

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE 2018

  • posted by Sam Evans |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project 

This year is The Helmsman Project’s fifth anniversary and our organisation has seen many changes as it continues to evolve and develop further into new programs and opportunities. We have seen changes in management, staff, and programs, coupled with increased corporate sponsorship. Most importantly, we have witnessed vast changes in our most recent cohort of graduates.

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Message from our GM - November

Innovation is at the heart of The Helmsman Project. In line with this focus, we recently held a panel discussion on ‘Innovation in the workplace’ featuring three world leaders in technology: Atlassian, Amazon Web Services and Rackspace. It might be surprising to hear that the main topic discussed wasn't technology...

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Volunteer spotlight

We are so fortunate at The Helmsman Project to work with a group of dedicated, professional and skilled volunteers. In this blog, we speak to Corinne O’Sullivan, one of our amazing volunteers, on why she loves sharing her time and talent to helping The Helmsman Project.

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Message from our GM - September

The Helmsman Project celebrated four years of operations last month, a milestone to which more than 120 volunteers have contributed and which has impacted just over 300 young lives. It has been no small feat - hope, self-regulation and resilience have been essential ingredients to our progress.

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What can’t be taught in a classroom

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.

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How the Helmsman Project creates lasting impact.

The Helmsman Project is an innovative blend of developmental coaching and adventure education targeted toward Year 9 students who are at risk of not fulfilling their potential. At its essence, the program seeks to help the students take bigger perspectives on themselves, others and the world. By doing this we help them build hope, self-regulation and resilience.

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Words from a proud Principal

For a community like mine, the Helmsman Project provided opportunities for learning and growth that go beyond what we can deliver at school or at home. This wonderful program unearths hidden strengths and talents, which my students will take with them into their adult lives.

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Self-regulation. What is it?

  • posted by The Helmsman Project |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project , Adventure education , Life skills 

According to some researchers, self-regulation is one of the most important factors for encouraging academic engagement and preventing risky behaviour. While this is a skill that is important in every stage of life, it is particularly important for young people who are making critical decisions about their futures.

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What's in a name?

  • posted by The Helmsman Project |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project , Adventure education , Life skills 

For those who aren’t familiar with the word ‘helmsman’ it can be a little bit of a tongue twister. The ‘helm’ is what steers a ship, usually it’s a wheel. The ‘helmsman’ is the person in charge of steering the ship. He or she guides the rest of the crew to reach their destination.

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Shop. Save. Run. Fundraising made simple.

As a not-for-profit, The Helmsman Project relies on the generosity of organisations and individuals to make a difference in the lives of young people from communities affected by disadvantage. Every dollar counts so we have come up with a few simple ways you could fundraise for The Helmsman Project.

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Stories

Daliya's Story

Daliya El Helou is a 2019 graduate of The Helmsman Project and is now a Youth Ambassador of The Helmsman Project. Daliya had no idea the level of impact The Helmsman Project would truly have on her but with her enthusiasm, optimism and diligence, she approached the program with an open mind and as an opportunity to learn essential life skills  that will help her personal growth and development.

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A teacher's story

In 2014, Dave had the opportunity to be the cohort teacher for The Helmsman Project program at Chester Hill. In 2015, Dave Criniti founded The Run Beyond Project, an experiential program that supports young people as they work towards the accomplishment of a challenging but achievable goal of running a half marathon. Read on to learn about how his participation in The Helmsman Project impacted his new venture...

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Suleiman's Story

Suleiman graduated from The Helmsman Project in 2015 and is now a Youth Ambassador of The Helmsman Project. Suleiman is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Wollongong while also working part-time and running a business with a close friend.

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A Principal's graduation speech

Zena Dabaja has facilitated and supported The Helmsman Project at two schools as part of her roles as Principal. Zena spoke at our 2019 graduation and shared these powerful words about the impact The Helmsman Project has on young people.

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Words from a principal

The Helmsman Project is truly a life-changing program, the positive effects of which have been filtered through the school and local community at Cumberland High School.

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Rader's Story

New to Australia, new to coaching and sailing, and new to The Helmsman Project. Rader Antwi was looking to experience something different and break out of her shell - that, is exactly what she got.

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Adwithiya's story

When signing up to participate in The Helmsman Project 2017 program, Adwithiya Puri had no idea the impact the program would truly have on him. Adwithiya shared his story with us describing the program as “A path to a better you”.

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Justin's story

Justin Whiting is one of our 2014 graduates and is a member of our new The Helmsman Project Youth Board. Here is his story about his experience on the sailing adventure...

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Emma’s story

Emma Roulston was a participant in The Helmsman Project’s Summer 2015 program and “came out of it totally changed”. Her journey is one that inspires us...

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Rashad’s life-changing journey

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.

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Videos

Our Impact

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Rader's Story

Home schooling tips: episode one

Home schooling tips: episode two

Home schooling tips: episode three

Home schooling tips: episode four

Home schooling tips: episode five

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The Funding Network Pitch

James Craig Oct 2015

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