Nearly 200 students to lobby Geelong leaders for funding to support community change projects

Year 6 students at Northern Bay College have a nerve-wracking week ahead – they’re preparing to step up before a panel of Geelong community leaders to pitch for real funding for projects that will help make positive change in our community.

‘Nearly 200 students have co-designed 33 projects in collaboration with local organisations to address issues they all care about. And now it’s time to pitch to community leaders for the funding they need to deliver the projects,’ says Kids Thrive CEO, Dr Ande Lemon.

The PITCH event is part of Kids Thrive’s award-winning Kids as Catalyst program. It will take place over three days and involve four Northern Bay College campuses, three dozen local partner organisations, two dozen community panelists, plus parents, carers and other community members.

‘This is the biggest PITCH event we’ve ever held. It’s been a massive community effort, bringing together hundreds of students, community members and leaders, local businesses, organisations and teaching staff,’ says Dr Lemon.

The students will be joined at the PITCH by their community partner representatives. These include: Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op, Salvation Army, Diversitat, Humans in Geelong, Anglicare, Geelong Cats, Marine Discovery Centre, Lara Men’s Shed, AFL Barwon, and City of Greater Geelong Council.

‘Kids as Catalyst is student-led,’ says Dr Lemon. ‘The program puts life-changing tools in the students’ hands and they lead the way. The kids have selected the issues they want to focus on, invited community organisations to partner with them, co-designed their projects, and now they’re pitching for real money to real community leaders to bring these ideas to life in the community. These kids are inspiring,’ says Dr Lemon.

PITCH information:

Tuesday 30 July | 10am-1pm | WEXFORD Campus, Northern Bay College, Geelong
Panelists from: Communities That Care; Department of Health and Human Services; Deakin University

Wednesday 31 July | 10am-1pm | TALLIS Campus, Northern Bay College, Geelong Panelists from: Give Where You Live; Geelong City Council; Victoria Police; Department of Social Services

Thursday 1 August | 10am-1pm | PEACOCK Campus, Northern Bay College, Geelong
Panelists from: Department of Education and Training; Geelong Community Foundation; Geelong City Council; Victoria Police