17+ Years Helping
Changing Lives In
Keeping the Spirit of
The Kokoda Youth Foundation is a locally operated charity that has proudly supported Australian young people by inspiring them to do extraordinary things for more than 17 years.
Our experiential youth programs help young people gain physical and mental resilience, confidence, and instill in them the values of Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice through the story of the Kokoda Campaign in 1942. These values take their origin from Australian soldiers who fought the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea during WWII.
Still relevant today, it is our central mission to reignite these timeless values into our communities.
Each of our youth programs encourage our ‘Kokoda Kids’ to become active members in their local community and educates them on the Indigenous culture and history of Australia, always keeping the respect for the contributions of our diggers at the forefront. We challenge the kids’ deeply held beliefs, allow their limits and abilities to be explored, and provide opportunities for growth.
The Kokoda Youth Foundation receives no government funding and relies solely on donations and sponsorship from generous Australians, just like you. This may be through participating in our fundraising Kokoda Challenge hiking events, giving one off donations to our Foundation, or attending one of our Kokoda Outdoor Education facilities.
Everything we do is for the good of the kids and we would love for you to join us in making a difference in young lives through the Spirit of Kokoda.
Partnering with your
local community organisations
Building more resilient and
confident young people
Helping us develop
new youth programs
Creating more opportunities
through school education
through trekking adventures
Providing a once in
a lifetime peak experience
Engaging kids in
their local community
How We Help
Over the last 17 years, the Kokoda Youth Foundation has proudly supported more than 621 teenagers through our locally run youth programs. We have seen huge life transformations, not just in the form of physical fitness but in the kids’ mental health, community contributions, sense of purpose, and social connections.
Here we proudly share some of their incredible journeys.
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