Positive outcomes

Our Impact

Our programs are designed by experts and backed by science, so we can positively impact young people and the communities in which they live.

How we’ve made a difference

life-changing programs delivered
young people impacted
high schools in disadvantaged communities
life-changing adventure days
inspiring volunteer coaches
hours donated to our cause

Backed by science

The Helmsman Project draws on research from the fields of education, psychology and youth development, to design programs that are informed by evidence and deliver measureable outcomes. Our program is part of a longitudinal randomised control trial overseen by Dr Michael Cavanagh (University of Sydney) and Distinguished Professor Herb Marsh (Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, ACU).

The research, which was awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage grant, is one of the largest and most detailed studies of its kind in the field and allows us to deliver a program that offers real value to students. It also enhances our understanding of how The Helmsman Project is performing, in terms of equipping young people with hope, self-regulation, resilience and community mindedness over the long term.

Initial results are encouraging and show that our programs have a positive effect on participants’ hope, self-efficacy, self-confidence, and various aspects of their self-concept, as well as their overall well-being. We are hopeful that additional data and more sophisticated analyses will evidence even more promising results. In the years ahead, we’ll be extending our research activities by collecting qualitative data from participants to complement the quantitative data. Through this, The Helmsman Project aims to provide a more detailed picture of our programs’ impact on young people from communities affected by disadvantage.

We have ambitions to expand our program to more young people located in communities affected by disadvantage. We’re so grateful for the expertise of our research partners and value their contribution to our programs.