STRIDE /WHITELION MERGER   

Exciting news …. From a strong position of 27 years helping disadvantaged youth to reach their potential, Stride Foundation has taken the bold strategic step to merge with our collaborative partner, Whitelion Inc. This merger is effective from 1 May 2014.      

Both organisations share a passion for improving the lives of at-risk youth.  For 15 years Whitelion has been successfully supporting Australia's most vulnerable youth through mentoring, outreach and homelessness initiatives. Stride’s work in prevention and early intervention, through its student wellbeing/resilience and community youth mentoring programs, is complementary and adds depth and breadth to the youth services we now offer together. This merger seeks to create a more robust organisation ensuring that we continue to support vulnerable, at-risk youth across Australia.         

There are many benefits flowing from our merger including:        

*     A stronger continuum of care for young persons that extends from early intervention and prevention from risk-taking behaviour, through to reconnection to the community and a positive future    
*     Increased reach and depth of services through a greater geographical footprint and potential to deepen vital youth services in these areas through enhanced profile, broader networks and increased public awareness of our services
*      Benefits of scale: resources and know-how will be shared leading to enhanced capacity and expertise.

“Stride” continues as a brand name of Whitelion Inc. and current Stride staff have transferred to Whitelion ensuring a seamless transition and continuing standards of service delivery.        

Your Stride contacts can be reached using existing Stride email addresses or at the Melbourne office of Whitelion on 03 8354 0880 (155 Roden Street, West Melbourne, 3003).    

Learn more about Whitelion at www.whitelion.asn.au

   
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Holiday program teaches benefits of healthy lifestyle.  The North West Star, 2 July, 2014.

What do you give to someone who has everything?  Click below to find out how to donate on their behalf and give a young person the gift of a bright future.

Have a look at DOLLY Magazine's Operation 1 Less Bully Campaign in the October edition. This campaign is being run with Stride Foundation's expertise to help stamp out bullying. We're very excited to be apart of this initiative so check out the latest copy for 5 tips on how to respond to a bully without turning into one!

Check out the Generation Next Blog!
They posted a review of Dolly Magazine's Operation 1 Less Bully Campaign which is being run together with Stride Foundation. Good to see support for an amazing campaign to stamp out bullying! Click here to read the post. Generation Next is an exciting new initiative featuring a national seminar series and supporting resources aimed at protecting and enhancing the wellbeing of children and teenagers.

 
DOLLY Magazine has joined forces with Stride Foundation to help stamp out bullying! This year long campaign called 'Operation One Less Bully' aims to give readers the tools to combat bullying - in all its forms. Check out the latest DOLLY mag (May's edition) or website for tips on how to deal with bullying when it first happens. Read some tips from DOLLY's website here.

Stride extends a big warm thank you to the McEwen Foundation and FRRR (Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal) for the generous grant of $9030. This grant will allow Stride to work with St Mel’s School in Shepparton to create a supportive school environment for all their students to feel safe, valued and engaged - what a great gift to the students and the community!
 
 
We've got a new video!  Watch our new short film on Stride's Sport for Life program because it's an excellent way to deepen your understanding on our work in remote communities!
 
Stride matters at Grill'd Burgers!  Thanks to the fantastic staff and customers at Grill'd Burgers, Melbourne Central who supported Stride recently in their Local Matters initiative.  We received a much appreciated donation from them this month to help Stride's important work with young people across Australia.
 
 

CBA's Staff Community Fund donates to Stride! - Kosta Nikakis, Assistant Branch Manager at the Commonwealth Bank, recently presented Stride with a generous grant from their Staff Community Fund’s Community Projects.  This funding will allow teachers in the Hume region to access valuable professional development in MPower Girls and Revved Up programs.  If you are a teacher in the City of Hume, please contact Stride to access this wonderful opportunity.  Thanks, CBA!  

 
The Neuroscience of Belonging - An article by India Bohanna Phd explores what happens in the brain when we are socially disconnected, feel rejected by a friend or partner, or break up?
A recent research review, suggests if a person perceives that their relationship with another person is under threat, the brain responds by activating a basic ‘alarm system’, increasing inflammation and compromising the immune system.
On the other hand, how does social connectedness improve health? Activation of certain brain regions is thought to cause the release of stress-reducing neuropeptides such as opiods and oxytocin, which boost the immune system and protect the body from damage due to inflammation.
This is a new and exciting area of research, and suggests what many people have intuitively known for many years: belonging and feeling cared for are critical to good health.
Read the full article here via Brain Blogger.
 

STRIDE Foundation have recently delivered a community project to create an amazing new mural at Ceduna Airport.
This project was a part of Stride’s Mural Art Holiday Program, which engaged local artists Beaver Lennon and Jo Lennon and as well as Adelaide based graffiti artist Narisha Cash to collaboratively design the mural alongside a small group of Ceduna Youth.  The aims of the program were to increase engagement with young people at the Ceduna Arts and Culture Centre, provide a public mural to celebrate the features of Ceduna and connect local artists with youth for positive engagement in the holiday period.  "With everyone involved it became a real group effort that really made it feel like a strong community.” Narisha Cash. Stride Role Model and key artist.

 
 
Want to know more about the hidden world of girls and bullying?  Keep your eye out for the Nov/Dec 2012 edition of Active Education magazine which features an article from Stride on page 66.  The article is entitled Power Play: Girls, Bullying and Hidden Aggression and is also available on our MPower Girls page here.

2013 professional development schedule for Stride's Student Wellbeing programs are now available.  Please view dates and make a note in your calendar for 2013 planning.  Professional development workshops are available for Peer Support, Peer Mediation, MPower Girls and Revved Up programs.  Many of our workshops also include a component covering CyberS@vvy, our cyber-bullying prevention program.  Register online or call us on 03 9602 3311 for more information.
 


Thank you volunteers! Stride celebrated their much loved volunteers with a Volunteer afternoon tea recently. Certificates of appreciation were presented over tea, jam and scones to recognise the valuable work all volunteers at Stride contribute to the organisation. We thank them all for their hard work and dedication to the Stride team.
  
Congratulations to all those involved in the 'Life in Coober Pedy' (2011) film that is officially a finalist in the 2012 ATOM awards. The film was made as part of the Stride Foundation's Online Dreaming program. Check out the film on the website under the Senior Secondary Documentary section. Winners are announced on the 28th November!

ABC covers Stride's Sport for Life program with ChrisWright and Timmy Duggan -ABC's coverage of our Mt Isa Sport for Life program with role models Timmy Duggan, an Indigenous NBL legand and Chris Wright, Olympic swimmer and Stride's ambassador.
 
Online Dreaming films accepted into 2012 Atom Awardsand Deadly Awards. Two of Stride’s short films made by students participating in our South Australian Online Dreaming program have been accepted as nominations in the 2012 ATOM Awards! Life in Coober Pedy and Koonibba Netball Stories have both been accepted under the secondary documentary school section.The ATOM Awards celebrate the dynamic relationship between screen industries and the education sector. They showcase the youngest media makers in primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions. The announcements of finalists will be on the 4th September so keep your fingers crossed!In addition to the ATOM Awards, Koonibba Netball Stories was also accepted as a nomination in the 2012 Deadly Awards. This is very exciting as the Deadly Awards are the most widely celebrated forum for Indigenous achievements. Students have worked hard to produce interesting and engaging films and we wish them the best of luck in this year’s awards!

 

Career Snapshots in Parliament House. The Minister for Youth Affairs, hon Ryan Smith will be revealing to Gladstone Park students what its like to be a politician at Parliament House on November 28th. The Minister is looking forward to being apart of the Careers Snapshot program by the Stride Foundation, which is funded by the Office of Youth Affairs.This is a great opportunity for the students to ask questions and find out what it’s like to represent your electorate in parliament and what the day to day reality of being a ‘pollie’ is all about.                                                                                                                                     
Career Snapshots at Gladstone Park Secondary College - Students and parents joined together with mentors and members of staff to celebrate the successful Career Snapshots mentoring program, delivered by the Stride Foundation for Year 9 Students. All students proudly received a Certificate of Participation from the Mayor of Hume City Council, Rosalind Spence. Read more about the celebration in the school's newsletter. (See page 7) 

New Cultural Advisor -We have an exciting new addition to the Stride family!  As Stride continues to deliver programs and foster relationships with a number of Indigenous communities, we seek to strengthen our cultural understanding and resources so that we can best support Indigenous young people.  Ash Garlett has just come on board as an honorary Cultural Advisor and is enthusiastic about his new role in supporting us.  He is a Nyungar man with extensive experience in working with young people and Indigenous communities.  Welcome to the team, Ash!
 
Career Snapshots Update - The final excursion for our first group of Career Snapshots mentees took place last week and was an excellent experience for all who took part!  Students of Gladstone Park Secondary College and their mentors took a tour of a fire station, met fire fighters, experienced a 'call out' and the procedures that have to be followed.  They even saw the jaws of life in action!  Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a lunch at DiCaprio restaurant where students took a tour of their huge commercial kitchen.  DiCaprio also offered work experience for the mentees participating in the Career Snapshots program.  What a wonderful day!  We are currently seeking mentors for the next Career Snapshot program.  If you are interested, please contact Lyn or Jeanette on 03 9602 3311.
 




Stride Foundation in the news - Stride Foundation was in The North West Star newspaper last week which covered the launch of the Sport for Life program with local Mt Isa school children.  The North West Star reported "Bringing healthy living messages and important life skills to students, the Stride Foundation's Sport for Life program was launched in Mount Isa yesterday...." Read the rest of the article here.
 
 
 

Law Institute of Victoria donates to Stride! - A huge thank you to the Young Lawyers section of the Law Institute of Victoria for their generous donation of $740 raised at their Young Lawyers Trivia Event!  If you would like to host an event or activity to raise funds for Stride Foundation, getting involved is easy!  This is how you can help.

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Our Student Wellbeing programs
address a range of issues facing young people today and strengthen assets essential for their social and emotional development.  Program areas include peer support, bullying, depression, conflict resolution, leadership, cyber-bullying, anger management, and positive female relationships.  97% of teachers surveyed rate Stride's student wellbeing programs as 'Very Good' or 'Excellent.' Read more...

Our Teacher/Wellbeing Specialist workshops meet the needs of ongoing professional development in this area and equip teachers to deliver a selection of our programs direct to their students.  99% of participants feel fully equipped to put programs into practice after attending a Stride professional development workshop.   Read more...



Our teaching resources comprise of student workbooks and teacher manuals for programs which build resilience and improve wellbeing in young people.  We have DVDs, student badges, certificates, recommended reading and facilitation games. Read more...
 


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