Montrose students get HAPPY

3 May 2023|Community News, Education| Off Comments off on Montrose students get HAPPY|

A Glenorchy City Council program is supporting Montrose Bay High School students in their learning experience and encouraging school engagement.

Run by Council’s Community Development Team on Monday and Friday afternoons, the HAPPY Program provides mentoring and hands-on activities for small groups of students.

Students in the program enjoy a range of activities from cooking to team sport and share important discussions with mentors, who
work with school staff to facilitate opportunities for students’ positive personal development.

HAPPY Program mentors like Sushant Sedhai are committed to being positive role models and are proud to be providing opportunities for young people of Glenorchy to develop resilience and confidence.

“It’s exciting to hear the stories these young people are willing to share,” he said, “it helps us gain a greater understanding of the lived experience of young people in Glenorchy.

“Mentors work with students to offer engagement and challenge them to share their stories and feelings. These are pivotal steps to creating a Glenorchy where we all feel valued, engaged and safe.”

Mayor Bec Thomas says the program is actively fostering a sense of belonging and connection at school for students.

“ABS statistics tell us that in 2021, 13.9 per cent of 15-24-year- olds were disengaged with employment and education,” she said.

“The HAPPY Program and other programs like it are so important not just for the benefit of students and young people involved who can receive this mentorship and positive engagement, but also for the greater benefit of our entire city as we look to make our city feel safe and welcoming for all.

“Council is working proactively with Tasmania Police and the State Government for a collaborative approach to address anti-social behaviour in our municipality.”

There are plans for the HAPPY Program to start at Cosgrove High School in term three.

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