200 students have asked Geelong leaders to fund 33 community change projects – and they got what they asked for.
The year 6 students were taking part in a Pitch day, as part of the 2019 Geelong Kids as Catalyst program.
‘They blew us away,’ says Kids Thrive CEO, Dr Andrea Lemon. ‘Over three days these kids convinced panellists to grant them a total of $8,334.40 for 33 community change projects.’
It took place over three days in August 2019 at Northern Bay College and involved 28 local partner organisations and 12 community panelists, as well as parents, carers and other community members.
The project teams are student-led, working in partnership with a range of local organisations. With funding now secured, they will now roll up their sleeves to implement the projects that will bring positive change to their community.
‘These include taking local elders on a bus trip to the You Yangs, creating a safe play space at the Geelong Food Bank and working with the Lara Men’s Shed to build a picnic table for locals to use,’ says Dr Lemon. ‘It’s incredibly exciting.’
The Pitch days included students from the Wexford, Tallis, Hendy and Peacock campuses at Northern Bay College. Their projects will be presented at a Showcase to be held in Geelong on 12 September, 2019.