Terry Coghill, Yulu-Burri-Ba’s Community Outreach Worker has been kept very busy with facilitating Yulu-Burri-Ba’s Men’s Shed for the male members of our community and coordinating a Youth Mentoring program for North Stradbroke Island youth.
The Youth Mentoring Program is an early preventative intervention program with an aim to engage with the island’s youth and provide education on life skills and making the right choices.
Late last year, North Stradbroke Island community members donated a number of old bikes and about 12 boys and girls and 4 mentors come together each week to fix up these bikes.
Only kids who attend school can be part of the program which is run after school. Some kids are so keen to fix up their bikes that some have come within school hours. Terry has told them to go to school come back after 3pm.
The local police have come to the Men’s shed and talked to the youth about road safety and the need for helmets. Many of the kids didn’t have helmets so Yulu-Burri-Ba has donated the helmets.
The program’s success comes from the enormous support given by the mentors - Ray Penn, Lindsay Houston, and Mitch Adams who come each week to work with the kids on repairing the bikes. Jimmy Campbell from Straddie Super Sports is a bike expert and he regularly comes to give both the kids and mentors his professional guidance – as well as helping with spare parts.
The future of the mentoring program looks just as successful. A drum kit was recently donated to the Mentoring Program and Terry plans to hold a music night for the kids.
Terry hopes to invite kids from other youth groups to come to the island for the music nights, camping and maybe bike rides.