Wow, we are feeling humbled this week. Cameron has recently returned from Wellington after accepting the ACE Aotearoa Award for Community Based Programme of the year (Tangata Tiriti).
“It’s really affirming to have received this award for Fresh Tracks,” says Cameron. “It was quite a challenging course for us to deliver, so it’s nice to have some recognition of what we achieved.”
A 10 week course combining adventure, life skills and career direction
Fresh Tracks is a 10-week programme for young men that aims to give career direction and life skills. It’s for 17 to 25-year-old males who are not in work or study.
“We’re currently investigating funding options for another programme in late 2017 or early 2018,” says Cameron. “We would welcome the chance to discuss this opportunity with any funders.”
“With Fresh Tracks, we used adventure activities as a hook”, says Cameron. “And to motivate people to continue attending.”
The programme started with an exploration of the participants’ goals. For some, these included goals like “finding a place to live”, “fixing my car” and “finding a job”.
A new intensity of challenges
“We encountered many challenges during the course. Alcohol issues, low concentration, negative peer pressure, challenges getting to the course…”
“None of these challenges were new territory for us. What was novel was the frequency and number that would arise at any one time.”
About the ACE Aotearoa Awards: ACE Aotearoa introduced the Awards in 2013 to publicly recognise excellence in adult and community education in Aotearoa.
The yearly Awards are an opportunity for people in the adult community education sector to acknowledge peers and colleagues for the wonderful work they do.