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Nearly 200 students to lobby Geelong leaders to fund community projects

The students have co-designed 33 projects in collaboration with local organisations to address issues they care about, as part of the 2019 Geelong Kids as Catalyst program, and now it’s time to find the funding to deliver them.

They will pitch to Geelong community leaders over three days. The event involves four Northern Bay College campuses, 28 local partner organisations, 12 community panelists, as well as 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 Andrea Lemon, Kids Thrive CEO.

The students will be joined at the PITCH by their community partner representatives. These include: Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-opSalvation ArmyDiversitat, Humans in Geelong, Anglicare, Geelong CatsMarine 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; Australian Government Department of Social Services

Thursday 1 August | 10am-1pm | PEACOCK Campus, Northern Bay College, Geelong

Panelists from: Victorian Department of Education and Training; Geelong Community Foundation; City of Greater Geelong; Victoria Police


2019 Kids as Catalyst program

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