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Remote School Programs

Whitelion offers Stride wellbeing programs through ‘in school’ and ‘school holiday’ activities and workshops for young people in Indigenous communities across Australia to encourage physical, social and emotional health.  

The in school activities work to engage with young people in Indigenous communities to improve school participation and attendance, improve health and wellbeing and support the capacity of young people to engage with the broader community. 

The school holiday workshops encourage young people in Indigenous communities to participate in sport and recreation, be physically active and develop skills in teamwork, goal-setting, communication and leadership.   

These School 4 Life ‘in school’ and ‘school holiday’ programs include:

  • Sport 4 Life is a recreation program that encourages physical activity whilst promoting teamwork, goal setting, communication and leadership skills.  Positive role models who have achieved success through Australian Rules Football (AFL), basketball and hip hop dance help to facilitate these workshops.
  • Art 4 Life is a therapeutic program that empowers disengaged young people to expand their communication and social skills as well as enhancing their self-identity.  Program participants are provided with alternative options and themes to encourage learning in literacy and numeracy.
  • Dance 4 Life is a social inclusion program that uses physical activity through hip hop, rap, beat boxing and beat dancing.  The program fosters positive social and emotional health, includes an awareness of the importance of physical activity and promotes leadership skills.

This work is supported through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Social Services, corporate partners and philanthropic trusts.  Whitelion’s Stride programs for young people in Indigenous communities work towards the Closing the Gap targets through the following outcomes:

  • Engage Indigenous young people in school through innovative facilitation of programs
  • Provide meaningful out of school activities to increase school attendance for Indigenous young people
  • Increase skills and knowledge within Indigenous communities
  • Improve physical, social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous young people to enhance resilience and foster change
  • Contribute towards school completion to assist Indigenous young people in their pathway to employment

Closing the Gap is jointly funded by all Australian governments and receives bipartisan support.