Young people get on their bikes to get ahead

MAS National’s Cycle of Change program held its graduation ceremony on Thursday 13 December, attended by the State Manager for Department of Jobs and Small Business and other local support networks.

The Cycle of Change program, designed to engage young people that are at risk of long-term unemployment, provides support and empowerment, combining vocational and non-vocational workshops, with BMX riding and mentoring.

The program is an Empowering YOUth Initiative, delivered in conjunction with the Commonwealth Department of Jobs and Small Business and charity organisation, Lighthouse Youth Projects Inc. to assist young people in Adelaide’s Northern suburbs in the development of soft skills and vocational knowledge, successfully preparing them for life transitions.

In 2018, 201 young people from the local government areas of Playford, Salisbury and Port Adelaide / Enfield commenced the Cycle of Change program, with 70% of participants completing the program requirements. The graduation acknowledged over 130 graduates and awarded each with their own BMX bike to help them continue their journey.

Over the past 10 months, these young people have dedicated themselves to working through the program, creating amazing personal and career development outcomes for themselves, and with BMX mentors from Lighthouse Youth Projects supporting them along the ride.

MAS National has demonstrated that the fresh approach taken in the Cycle of Change program over the last 2 years is helping young people find the right path to further education, training and employment opportunities. From the 95 graduates in 2017:

· 43 participants have re-engaged in completing their yr 12 or enrolled in VET courses;

· 34 have secured employment;

· 7 started an apprenticeship and

· 4 have engaged in community volunteering.

We were excited to celebrate another year’s group of graduates and proudly encourage them to continue the cycle of change.