We run various programmes to engage and connect, upskill and mentor marginalised young people and families. Some of the programmes we run include alternative education, youth offender intervention, work transition initiatives, and family support services.
“I was just always in trouble, I was on conduct, I was in detentions all the time or I was always on stand down…And I was hanging out with the wrong crowd too, I was just a cool kid I guess…I was getting into drugs and alcohol, and sex and stuff like that, and then once I moved to here it was like a different story, and once I got to know Springboard I was like “wow, these people are awesome”…
“I am just so grateful for the people in my life and Springboard especially and the people there that helped me out so much. If it wasn’t for them I would…be in a bad place right now.”
Life was open warfare, me versus the world. I focused my attacks on anyone with authority. My weapons were partially purposed to punish the people who pissed me off. Stealing and cheating were my way of crying out for attention. Attention that was once mine, but i felt robbed from me. I felt forgotten and unloved.
Excluded from two schools and a psychiatric assessment on the way, I was happy that people were finally paying me the attention I craved. It was negative attention but attention nonetheless. I had won the battle but CYFs were knocking on the door and I was in danger of losing the war. It was at this time I was introduced to Impact.
Being apart of, involved in, something and not being isolated was important to my development, having good tutors.
I realized ‘who’ was my real friends and I chose who to have around me.
This was a big step.
There is nothing else like this in the area. People ask if I work there, I don’t! The 4U Mentoring program has helped my daughter by having a positive role model, someone giving her the quality time that I at this time …can’t give her. I have seen her grow in confidence; she made a speech for house captain and got the role. ”
That was due to her mentor walking alongside her, coaching her. The mentor has become a part of our family. Because of the whole thought process, something for her to look forward to, having quality time with someone else.
I was relying on alcohol and drugs to keep myself happy. I was going down a bad path and surrounding myself with negative influences. I have learnt to value myself and think about my future with every choice I make. I have also learnt to be less reliant on substances to keep myself happy.”
“I am now surrounding myself (with people) who treat me the way I deserve to be treated and are in the same mind frame. It has shown me that I am worth (more) than being treated badly and that every decision I make is important because my choices reflect my future”.
Before I came to Springboard I ‘stood’ people over and was involved in gangs, drugs and alcohol in a bad way.” “While at Springboard I lost a lot of my anger – seeing that there is more to life than hurting people and getting wasted.
“The thing that changed me the most is seeing how happy you guys were with life. –That is what I want.”
I could do my CV and license another time but getting my level two is just like a step that I have to do. It’s really good that I can do this because I really didn’t want to leave school but I had too, it’s so cool that you guys are helping me with this.
(Denise, age 17).
“You can’t measure the amount of crime that these guys prevent, but they prevent crime – there is no doubt about that at all … they are having a massive impact in terms of making sure that the crime rates don’t go up but stay down.”