Lunch with the Girls

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  • Location: to be announced, Beerwah 4519 Queensland

Call out for vibrant women to take part in 1 day youth mentoring program

The Beacon Foundation in conjunction with Beerwah State High School will be hosting a Beacon Foundation mentoring program -- 'Lunch with the Girls'. The program is a one day intensive mentoring program for students from Beerwah State High School. The program is aimed at students that are at risk or without a positive role model in their lives.

Mentors will be involved in group workshops on subject such as Communication, Motivation, Self Awareness, and Goal Setting. Jade Leishman, Queensland Coordinator from the Beacon Foundation will be running the session and mentors are asked to encourage participation and sharing within their groups. One on one interviews with the students will take place in the afternoon where the students will work with their mentors to identlify future goals and direction.

We are looking for outgoing, vibrant and enthusiastic women who have a real interest in the future of our youth!

Time Commitment: 10:00 -- 2:30pm ( 4 Hours)
Location: TBC
Date: 9th September

If you would like to become involved or would even like further information please contact Jade Leishman by email or phone for further information


Beacon Foundation Introduction

The Beacon Foundation's focus is to address the issue of youth unemployment in Australia. Recent figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the youth unemployment rate for 15-19 year olds is 13%, three-times higher than the national unemployment rate.
Beacon's flagship program No Dole program aims to tackle the issue of youth unemployment by improving the school to work transition. The strength of the program comes from connecting the education and business worlds through a variety of innovative engagement strategies.

Lunch with the Girls Summary

This year Beacon is introducing a new program Lunch with the Girls. This program is designed specifically to inspire young girls to reach their full potential. Lunch with the Girls is aimed at 15 -- 16 year old female students at risk of disengaging from school, who lack motivation and confidence, or who do not have a significant female role model in their lives.

During the 1 day program 20 students will be given the opportunity to engage with a group of successful professional women from a variety of backgrounds. The students will be involved in self development workshops on communication, self awareness, self motivation, managing relationships and emotional intelligence.

The students will also have lunch with the mentors, giving them the opportunity to network with the professional women. The expected outcomes of this program include increased self confidence, motivation and enthusiasm, as well as an increased knowledge of potential career paths and the benefits of goal setting.

During 2008 the Beacon Foundation Piloted the program in two Beacon schools, Mabel Park State High School and ST James College.

20 female students from each school participated and completed the one day mentoring program, including one on one sessions with their female mentors where the students spent time on personalised goal setting.

Beacon plans to run the LWTG Program in a number of schools throughout 2009 and to do so requires support as below:

Requirements to run the program

* Female mentors from a variety of career paths participate in the one day program.
* Boardroom use for 1 day. (Seats 25)
* Catering for morning tea and lunch for 25 -- 30.
* Transport for 20 students from Beerwah SHS

Lunch With The Girls

'Lunch with the Girls', Beacon's latest initiative aiming to inspire female No Dole students at risk of disengaging from school, struggling with low self confidence or lacking motivation, was recently launched in Queensland -- Carter Newell Lawyers and SKM were the first two businesses to be the support the program as business hosts.

20 girls from Mabel Park SHS and 16 girls from St James College participated in the program, along with 13 inspirational female mentors from a diverse range of career paths -- including a plumber, carpenter, lawyer, engineer, scientist and marketing manager.

Val Young said 'the focus on communication, self awareness, confidence, motivation and emotional intelligence through group work and one on one time with the female mentors was invaluable, it enable the girls to gain social skills necessary to make good life decisions.'

Carlie Wright, Brisbane City Councils Plumbing Services Group Sanitary Plumbing Inspector attended both days as one of the mentors, she said 'it was such a wonderful experience for me to be involved with such a great program, and fantastic to see that the girls all got something out of the day.

2009 will see No Dole schools nationally being able to access this program.

Boardroom needed - support local high school students

As a local business person I often make myself available to give something back to the community. Recently I participated in a careers day organized by The Beacon Foundation at Maroochydore High School.

The Beacon Foundation's focus is to address the issue of youth unemployment in Australia. The contact at Beacon is keen to organize more events in the local area to help more high school aged students, particularly those deemed 'at risk' to successfully gain employment upon finishing high school.

On 9 September The Beacon Foundation are aiming to run a 'Lunch with the Girls' program for 20 at risk students from Beerwah State High School. They are however semi-flexible with the dates.

I wonder if any of you would be able to provide support for this event in the form of a boardroom to cater for 30 attendees. Even if you don't have a boardroom, perhaps you can suggest someone who may make theirs available?

Ideally the location would also have break out rooms available for the mentor mentee interviews that we conduct at the end of the day.

The Foundation are also looking for other female mentors to participate on the day. If you or your company has anyone suitable, we'd appreciate your involvement.

Further information about the venture is attached.

Please email direct to Jade who is organizing the event, and whose details are cc'ed if you can provide assistance in any way, or call her on the details below.

Jade Leishman
QLD Coordinator

Beacon Foundation
Head Office: 40 Molle Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: (03) 6234 4155
Fax: (03) 6234 4465
Mobile: 0404 468 705

Kind regards,
Yvette Adams
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