Horizons is a personal development project to build resilience and provide school students with the tools to set and achieve their own goals and to finish Year 12.
The Horizons Program gives students a once in a lifetime opportunity to join their peers from our partner communities for an intensive personal development experience in Australian metropolitan cities.
The Program is educational, aspirational and cultural and focuses on post school education and employment pathways for secondary students. These week long trips are shared with around 15 students who return to school with a greater sense of self-esteem, confidence and social skills and a new sense of purpose.
Students are selected by the schools based on attendance, commitment to school and who will benefit from the experience. The Horizons Program motivates students to set goals and to reach ambitious learning milestones in the Starting Block Program.
In partnership with Viva Energy, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet & Cottage By The Sea, each year 80 students experience one of five trips to Brisbane, Canberra Darwin, Melbourne and Sydney. The Horizons Program is designed according to the age group which ranges from Year 5 to Year 12, and balances fun and new experiences of city life with educational opportunities focused on positive mentoring and goal setting. The trips for secondary school students are focused on post school pathways.
The exposure to various workplaces and corporate engagements, mixed with mentoring sessions and workshops with respected Indigenous role models extends and inspires students about what is possible for their future. In April 2015, the Cathy Freeman Foundation hosted its first Horizons Program with students from each of the four partner communities. The friendships that have since developed between students and school staff members have been truly priceless.