August 2019 – 200 year six students stepped up before a panel of Geelong community leaders last week to pitch for funding for 33 community change projects.
‘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 to their projects.’
The PITCH event is part of Kids Thrive’s award-winning Kids as Catalyst program. It took place over three days at Northern Bay College and involved three dozen local partner organisations and two dozen 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.