Whitelion has utilised the talents, skills and personal experiences of Role Models since 2000 to deliver a range of programs within Victorian schools and the three Youth Justice Centre’s. In June 2012, the following programs ceased to run due to funding restrictions and a focus to consolidate programs.
Whitelion continues to develop programs that will provide an opportunity for young people to interact with a range of Role Models who can provide a positive experience for all involved.
ROAR was an early intervention schools program which used exceptional role models to inspire and empower young people. The program’s Facilitator and Role Model visited a school to engage young people through personal life stories & activities.
The ‘ROAR’ (Real Original Amazing Role models) program used themes to address the issues that are predominant within schools. These themes can be applied to; and address issues including drug abuse, suicide, early school leaving and bullying.
The themes are: Values, Blame versus Responsibility, Creating your own Reality and Goal Setting. Many other issues are also tackled through these themes.
The aim of the ROAR program was to give young people the best opportunity to connect with role models through stories and workshops. We engaged young people through positive role modeling, the consistency of which results in our messages having greater impact.
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CUSTODIAL ROLE MODEL PROGRAM
Role Models ran programs and activities with young people in the custodial centres as the basis for establishing relationships and encouraging healthy activities often not experienced before. These relationships led to participation in a range of community activities and built self-confidence.
The use of high profile media, sports and arts personalities as role models initially attracted young people’s interest, ensured quality activities, and engendered a sense of self-worth for participants, who never imagined that such people would give them time and attention.
Whitelion has a strong link through this program to many sporting and community organisations. Role models have included AFL footballers, Olympic and Paralympic champions, artists, musicians, media personalities, Koori role models and others.
Whitelion Role Models
Some of our past role models have included:
|Adilson Andrade de Melo Junior – Soccer
Cameron McGlinchey – Musician
Clinton Benjamin – AFL
Malia Walsh – Performing Artist
Jacques Perreault – Ice Hockey
Adrian Osbourne - Cartoonist
|Tania Doko – Musician
Lukas Markovic - AFL
Shannon Winzer – Volleyball
Wylie J Miller - Performer
Richard Tambling – AFL
Sedale Threatt – Basketball
Travis Dempsey – Musician
Matt Rua – NRL
Mark Worthington – Cricket
Eddie Betts – AFL
Tania Luiz – Badminton
Jake Edwards – AFL
Program Manager, Youth Programs
03 8354 0801