Echuca Specialist School students have recently completed a 19-week Face Up program through Campaspe Cohuna Youth Connection.By Jess Craig
Campaspe Cohuna Youth Connection has praised the efforts of students taking part in the Face Up program.
The program, which has run for 19 school weeks, is aimed at children aged from 13 and 15.
Echuca Specialist School students took part in a range of activities, tasks and excursions over the duration of the program.
Program manager and youth client manager Rod Young said he was impressed with the enthusiasm of the students.
‘‘Face Up is designed to help kids engage and focus,’’ Mr Young said.
‘‘We work closely with schools and families to make the program a success.’’
Mr Young had already received feedback from parents about the improvement in their child’s behaviour since being part of the program.
‘‘It’s about taking the kids out of their comfort zone and getting them to understand how to work as a team, how to build their self esteem and how to take the opportunities that life gives you,’’ he said.
One of the main tasks the students had to complete in Face Up was a song writing and music video clip challenge.
‘‘The songwriting was a very popular part of the program,’’ Mr Young said.
‘‘It gave the kids the opportunity to say what they were feeling.
‘‘They then got to record the song with Wayne Glenn from St Luke’s Bendigo Reel to Reel program and make a music video.’’
Mr Glenn said music was a positive way of expressing serious emotions and issues.
‘‘There’s this misconception that only talented people can write songs or play instruments, but these kids have proved that you just need to have drive and enthusiasm,’’ Mr Glenn said.
‘‘Songwriting can be very healing.
‘‘I’ve been really impressed with the songs the kids have come up with.’’
Face Up also ran in 2012.
For information about the program, people can contact Campaspe Cohuna Youth Connections on 5482
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