Our Services / EMBRACE
“EMBRACE had a deep impact on my life. It helped me to build life skills.”
Our flagship personal development program EMBRACE takes 36 young people annually from diverse backgrounds, through a unique experience of self-discovery, building their confidence, self-esteem and leadership capabilities. EMBRACE stands for:
The EMBRACE program is proudly supported by the Joe White Bequest. Joe White was a businessman who was very active in the communities of Ballarat and Torquay and later in Melbourne. He died in Brighton at the age of 86, having grown his business, Joe White Maltings, to become Australia’s largest Malting company. The Joe White Bequest was created to ensure a continuing legacy of community contribution and it is through this generosity that we able to offer our EMBRACE program.
The ripple effect of EMBRACE has positive impacts on families, communities and peers with research showing that participants self-report positive changes in managing their emotions, making healthy choices, feeling safe and building their self-confidence.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM OFFER?
EMBRACE participants are involved in a series of events, workshops and camps over a two-year journey which enables them to expand their horizons, believe in themselves and develop positive behaviours which improve their health and wellbeing.
Topics covered during the EMBRACE program include:
- Positive Relationships
- Emotional Intelligence
- Cultural awareness and Identity
WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?
The EMBRACE program is an invitation only program. Young people from our programs are invited to join the program based on observations and discussions with parents and schools.
The ripple effect of EMBRACE has positive impacts on families, communities and peers with research showing that participants self-report positive changes in managing their emotions, making healthy choices, feeling safe and improving confidence.
During 2019-20, 36 young people were supported to grow into confident young community leaders who will graduate from the program ready to embrace life and overcome barriers to building a positive future and best of all, becoming mentors to the next generation in their community.