Broncos star to tackle big issues on the Sunshine Coast
A FORMER Bronco and three men with a mission to help our region’s youth are hoping to kick a sporting initiative off the ground in locals school.
Mentoring Through Sport is a joint program between Sunnykids and the like of former Brisbane Bronco Jack Reed.
Sunny Kids CEO Chris Turner said the initiative is a chance to help youth with the program acting as a “safety net” for vulnerable students.
“We started this because too many kids at school fall through the cracks, get themselves into a crisis situation before the school or anyone else even knows about it,” Mr Turner said.
“We find if we meet kids early on in the process it’s much easier to address this.”
The term-long program works on basic leadership, discipline and self esteem with students a school think may be falling into the “danger zone”.
“We send a message that they think they are important, that people like Jack have spent their time to come and work with these kids.”
Reed said he loves being part of a program.
“It’s an absolute buzz for me to see the kids change from week to week,” he said.
“You get them week one really disengaged, don’t think it’s cool to jump in and do a drill or talk about their feelings and by week four you start to see the signs of them growing and you hear the response from the teachers around behaviour.”
“I think the biggest thing for me is the fact that kids may not turn up for four days a week of school but they want to turn up on the day they have Mentoring Through Sport.”
The program has run at school in the Beerwah and Kawana areas and Rotary Club of Noosa Heads are now working to bring the program to Noosa.
“Something we’ve been discussing in the club is focusing on youth,” President Chris Parker said.
“We heard about what Jack and Chris were doing and we thought that would be complimentary, we want to engage with schools.”
The Rotary club are currently looking at which school in the Noosa region would benefit from the program.
Rotarian Bob Birkhead said with the program price around $8000 to run there were also looking at fundraising opportunities.
“There are a couple of schools in the area where there is a possibility to do a program there,” Mr Birkhead said.
“We are looking at a range or fundraising options ourselves as a club.”
“We need to make sure we can generate that money for this program to go ahead.”