Kokoda Pathways

Kokoda Pathways Program

Helping reduce the chance of young people falling into systemic unemployment

The challenges that today’s young people face are unique and arise from a range of different circumstances – whether they be challenges at school, home, peers, sport or work. Not everyone knows what they want to be when they grow up and we believe that this lack of certainty should never minimise a young person’s future opportunities.

The Kokoda Pathways Program (KPP) is a Kokoda Youth Foundation program run in conjunction with a local highschool, targeting their senior school students who are at crossroads with education and future employment.

These students may be at risk of disengaging from school or family life, or experiencing a lack of direction and motivation.

Through a combination of life skill lessons, challenging physical activity, shared success with new friends and employment mentoring, and an ongoing network of support,the teens will gain skills, self-belief and confidence to tackle the next stage in their lives, post school.

A custom program designed to educate and motivate

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The theory driving KPP is Adventure-Based Learning and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Students will experience physical and mental challenges and be guided by our program mentors to learn and practice a range of social and personal development skills, needed for workplace readiness, to overcome adversity and forge a positive life path.

The start of the program sees the students challenged and mentored by qualified youth coordinators through weekly endurance hikes during school hours. This allows them time outside of the classroom and in nature, which can be a powerful attitude changing experience in itself. The students also undertake rigorous testing which, based on their interest, disinterests and skills, gives them a detailed report on which career paths may suit them.

Woven through the program is the history of the Kokoda Campaign of WWII and draws on inspiration from our Australian Diggers who faced insurmountable odds and achieved what no one thought was possible. All young people in the Kokoda Pathways Program are mentored in harnessing the same qualities displayed by the Australian soldiers: Courage, Endurance, Sacrifice and Mateship, otherwise known as Kokoda Spirit.

In order to expose the students to the many pathways to future employment based on their testing results, which could include spending a day at TAFE where they hear from different educators and get to know the courses and facilities available such as mechanics and engineering, experiencing army training at the Kokoda Barracks training centre, and seeing how professional athletes and their teams perform behind the scenes.

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We make a good team

Once they have completed the physical phase of the program, these teens will have opportunities to connect with the Kokoda Youth Foundation’s business partners and associates who may require employees. This not only gives them valuable interview experience but often leads to meaningful employment.

We also like to keep in touch with all of our ‘Kokoda Kids’ and past program participants, giving them an invaluable network to lean on and countless volunteering and leadership opportunities for further growth.

If you or your school are looking for ways to give senior students a sense of direction, purpose and prove the value of education, sign up now and develop skills and habits to thrive post school.

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What to expect

MAKE LIFE LONG FRIENDSHIP BONDS

Grow with like minded people with similar interests, values and struggles.

MAKE LIFE LONG FRIENDSHIP BONDS

Grow with like minded people with similar interests, values and struggles.

CREATE A NETWORK OF SUPPORT AND OPPORTUNITY

Forge relationships with employers, mentors and industry connections to lean on into the future.

DOING WHAT YOU THOUGHT WAS IMPOSSIBLE

Bushwalks, training sessions, and physical challenges designed to give you real life experience.

TIME AWAY FROM TECHNOLOGY

Enjoy the great outdoors without feeling the pressure to document every second on your devices! We encourage you to take time away from your phone and enjoy every moment.

GAIN NEW SKILLS AND LEARN HISTORY

Learn more about different career paths, education opportunities and crucial life skills! You will also gain a deeper understanding of the history of the Kokoda Campaign.

GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY

Learn the value of community, the true meaning of sacrifice and a chance to give back.


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