Rotary Club of Gladstone Midday Youth Support Programs 2024-2025

Mt Larcom State Secondary School supports our efforts to create valuable citizens of the future by assisting our mentors to conduct fortnightly meetings with secondary students. These meetings introduce “problem to solution” brainstorming techniques to find creative ways to solve issues facing their school community. They also establish the need to document the processes to allow for transparency. Interact Mt Larcom introduces secondary students to the notion of volunteerism within the wider community by offering opportunities to assist at our monthly Family Markets in The Gardens. Fund raising efforts benefit their internal school community. Past achievements have included the building of a native garden area, and the installation of water bubblers.

Rotakids

Clinton State School Rotakids engages primary aged children (Years 5&6) with methodical meeting agendas, achievable fundraising opportunities and volunteering within their school community. Rotakids Clinton assist Prep children with a reading program in the school library. Rotakids Clinton have also assisted our Rotarians to package up and send literacy assistance kits to remote communities in the Northern Territory.

C.O.G.S.Y. and Deploy Workforce Solutions.

C.O.G.S.Y. is the acronym for Community of Gladstone Supporting Youth. This high-tensile heavy industry and construction combine provides “toe into the workplace” placement opportunities. Scaffolded education support is provided by Deploy Workforce Solutions that assist these youngsters to achieve baseline Certificate I skills such as Workplace Health and Safety Duties of an Employees, Basic Welding, and Basic Time Management skills. This educational support is complimented with volunteerism within the Gladstone community by harnessing Young Veterans as mentors for youths, and having Cogs assist with Rotary projects such as Bikes to Wheelchairs Project. The transformation in confidence and a new sense of increased pride is evident. That this program has a very high percentage of employment placement also means that this program is worthy of our club’s ongoing financial and mentoring support.

Windward Bound

Captain Sarah brings the good ship Windward Bound to Gladstone every 2 years. She offers a week of on-board living to teenagers in a disconnected, wind and solar powered vessel that is at the mercy of the elements (within the safety of the greater Gladstone Harbour!). Capt Sarah and her crew assist teens to develop verbal communication skills, teamwork, and conflict resolution in a fun and interactive way. Participants frequently have to sleep off the effects of sun, wind and salt air for at least a week afterwards! This worthy venture is supported by financial assistance from our club, for our Mt Larcom Interactors.

Australian Rotary Health funds vital ongoing research and clinical trials for Mental Health and Well-being in all states and territories. Much evidence has been uncovered by Australian Rotary Health that the primary targeted age for Mental Health Support is now better at the 2-10 year age group, rather than the 25-45 year age group. To support this endeavour, our greater Gladstone region hosts an annual walk. Registration entitles participants to a shirt, free water and access to groups, organizations, and resources that allow for greater understanding of Mental Good Health and access services for those suffering Mental Poor Health. The walk around Spinnaker Park occurs in October, and we – the Combined Clubs of Gladstone – launched our inaugural walk in 2023.

Rotary Gladstone Midday acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

PO Box 1906, Gladstone Qld 4680
Phone: Rod Kamholtz on 0424 750 402
Email: rotary.midday@outlook.com
Rotary Club of Gladstone Midday
Rotary Family Markets in the Gardens

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