Thanks to the generous support of James N. Kirby Foundation, Sir David Martin Foundation was able to extend its support to P.A.C.E., a valuable program that is changing lives in South West Sydney.
P.A.C.E is a workshop program that is run in local high schools, assisting disadvantaged students (particularly in years 7 and 8) who have disengaged with education, or are experiencing learning difficulties. Many of the young people that are referred to this program come from a disadvantaged background, dysfunctional families and/or are disengaged from society and school. Many struggle with behavioural issues and require extra support and mentoring to get them back on track, living stable and productive lives.
In 2015/16, workshops focused on respect, goal setting, culture identity, hip hop, healthy relationships and education. About 30 young people aged 12-14 participated in these workshops during the year and were able to benefit from the teachings of guests such as a local Rap artist and a Hepatitis-C Awareness advocate. Seven young people received one-on-one case management and were assisted in navigating through personal challenges.
Sir David Martin Foundation thanks James N. Kirby Foundation for helping these young people to make positive changes to their lives whilst also indirectly supporting the community by decreasing crime, anti-social behaviour and related crimes.