Horizons focuses on personal development and supports students to plan for their future and think about life after school. Horizons local camps and interstate camps bring students together for experiential learning opportunities and support them to strengthen their self-efficacy and resilience and create a plan for the future.
The Horizons program aims to build resilience and provide students with the tools to set and achieve their own goals, to finish year 12 and plan for post schooling transitions.
The Horizons program is run locally in each partner community and interstate.
Horizons Interstate Program
Horizons interstate program provides First Nations young people with the opportunity to join their peers from partner communities for a life changing educational experience The program engages with a specific cohort of students from grades 5-12 from each of the partner schools, culminating in an Australian state and territory capital city camp.
In 2015, the Foundation hosted its first series of Horizons camps with students from all communities. With the support of the Federal Government and our primary partner, up to 80 students have had the opportunity to experience one of five trips to Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne or Sydney. Designed according to age group, the Horizons interstate Program balances fun and new experiences of city life with educational and employment opportunities that encourage the students to navigate their journey transitions through school and into the world of work.
Exposure to various workplaces and corporate engagement, meeting people who work in diverse fields, mentoring sessions and workshops all provide First Nations young people with roles models and leaders. These experiences enable students to dream big and aim high.
Horizons Local Program
Horizons local program engages students in learning about opportunities available to them in their local areas. The program is focused on providing positive role models, an understanding of the world of work and building resilience. The Horizons camps connect students with people and places within and beyond their community and cultural experiences in an urban setting.
The local Horizons program provides senior secondary students (years 10 – 12) opportunities to identify employment providers, role models and support networks in their local area as they transition to the world of work. Each camp is specifically designed by Community Spirit Foundation to build on themes developed in the Starting Block workbooks. These include resilience, wellbeing, goal setting, employability skills, the importance of culture and self-efficacy. Activities are designed and led by partner organisations as well a local community members and teachers to build on the Foundation’s four key pillars: empowerment, sustainability, influence and connection.
With the aim to empower students to plan for their futures and develop the capacity to implement the plans, Horizons supports young people to build on their innate strengths. Students are selected to participate in the local and interstate Horizons camps based on school attendance and student application to their learning.
EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION BROADENS A STUDENT'S ABILITY TO SET GOALS FOR A FUTURE OF THEIR MAKING.
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STUDENTS FROM REMOTE COMMUNITIES CAN PARTICIPATE IN A PROGRAM THAT BROADENS THEIR HORIZONS AND BUILDS ON THEIR INNATE STRENGTHS.