Kids in Community Development Bootcamp

The Kids in Community Development Bootcamp is a week-long creative leadership and social change incursion activating children to build resilience and improve community connections.

Delivered throughout Victoria, and linked to the Victorian Curriculum, this program equips upper primary children with the skills to identify and solve real problems facing their community through creative and collaborative projects.

Based on the six-month Kids as Catalyst program, this intensive is delivered by professional Kids Thrive facilitators in schools over a week.

Kids as Catalyst (KiC) won the 2017 VicHealth award for Improving Mental Wellbeing.


The Kids as Catalyst: Intensive was delivered in Eaglehawk Primary and Kinglake Primary in April 2019. It will delivered in Willowmavin Primary in June 2019.


Children can thrive when we acknowledge their capacity to lead local change.

Building skills for life

Kids as Catalyst calls for early engagement, new ideas, respectful community partnerships, and recognises children as vibrant catalysts for positive change. We ask children to reflect on their personal values and teach them how to conceive, design and implement real-life, philanthropic projects.

The skills developed by children in the program go beyond numeracy and literacy bench-marking to introduce project management, leadership and communication skills. Participants forge partnerships with local volunteers, charities and community organisations; develop budgets and manage finances; ‘pitch’ community project plans to a formidable panel of local community leaders; and then deliver their unique community action projects.

Young students build deep community connections and deliver tangible, real-world results of which they are justifiably proud. Kids as Catalyst activates and inspires children to take an ongoing interest in community action and social justice.

Leadership and resilience

Kids Thrive collaborates with children as active members of their community, unearthing the issues they care about, and supporting them to make a real impact. Kids as Catalyst develops a sense of engaged citizenship.

 Program Aims:

  • Increasing educational engagement – particularly of at-risk students
  • Fostering children’s resilience, leadership, and entrepreneurship
  • Strengthening connections between children and their communities
  • Developing children’s passion for social justice, and capacity to drive community change
  • Developing children’s literacy, budgeting, and financial management skills through hands-on, action-based learning