EMPOWERING students to set happiness goals and work with others in achieving them was the focus when Raise Foundation visited Mosman Public School (MPS) last month.
MPS is supporting Raise Foundation at the Mini-Mos Community Fun Run & Fair, on Sunday June 18. Raise is a Mosman-based charity that provides mentoring programs for young people in high schools and the community.
Now in its second year, the partnership between MPS and Raise is one that Raise Founder and CEO Vicki Condon says has been vital to the continuing work of her organisation.
“We work to help young people overcome challenges and achieve goals by engaging with schools and community for support through best practice mentoring programs, and Mini-Mos is a vital support for that.
“The Mini-Mos funding makes a huge impact at Raise Foundation. It enables us to run our mentoring program at Mosman High School for a whole year, and supports our mentees to work with a Raise accredited mentor to identify and achieve their goals, so it has a profound effect on those lives,” Ms Condon said.
Raise began its first mentoring program at Mosman High School in 2008 and today runs programs in 68 schools throughout NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
Mosman local Ali Meades became a mentor in 2008 and has mentored 12 young people since then.
“Being a mentor is something that gives back on so many levels. You become more aware of the issues that young people are facing in our communities. I have learnt as much from the young people I have mentored as they have from me,” Ms Meades said.
Raise Foundation hosted a fun and inspiring workshop for Year 5 and 6 students at MPS on May 30 to teach them about setting happiness goals.
“We empowered the students to connect with the idea that they have the capability of choosing activities and people that make them happy and raise them up. They built a colourful goal plan together, which is their roadmap for bringing more happiness into their lives.
“Surrounding yourself with people who help you achieve your goals is important, so we then matched the students into pairs and did a huge three-legged race together to feel the power of working with someone else to achieve a goal,” Ms Condon said.
To help support MPS and its nominated charities Raise Foundation and SeeBeyondBorders, register to run at this year’s Mini-Mos on Sunday June 18 at www.mini-mos.com.