10 Grevillea Drive, Alice Springs NT 0870 | Phone 08 8958 5000

REACH Workshop

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are writing to let you know that your young person will be participating in a Reach personal development workshop in Week 9, Term 2. The aim of the workshop is to:

• Enhance the social and emotional skills of students
• Build their resilience and self-esteem
• Encourage students to reflect on their behavior and its impact
• Promote self-awareness and optimism
• Provide fun and meaningful experiences.

Reach’s group-based workshops are designed to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people.  School workshops are specifically designed to build the self-belief of individual students and positively impact peer-to-peer dynamics.

STUDENT SAFETY & WELLBEING

Reach workshops aim to build self-efficacy in young people and support them to develop the social and emotional skills they need to be resilient and make positive life choices. To achieve this, Reach encourages young people to push their comfort zones in order to create connections with others that can support them to discover these strengths and build their self-belief. 

In REACH’s years of experience working with young people, they have recognised that this process can sometimes be challenging and confronting for young people – at times during and after workshops students may experience heightened emotional reactions.  According to psychologist John Urbano, “Reach normalises the grief and anxiety of growing up and, in doing so, inspires young people not to be spooked by the emotion of it all, but to dream and to hope for one’s own destiny.”

To support all students in this process of personal development and discovery encouraged by Reach, the highly-trained workshop facilitators engage with young people to create safe and non-judgmental spaces.  They also work closely with the school’s wellbeing professionals – who are required to be present at all workshops and offer support and follow-up to students, when and if required.

To assist your young person de-brief their experience and integrate the learning into their life, we would also encourage you to talk to your young person about their experience of the Reach workshop at the end of the school day.

ABOUT REACH

Reach is an independent youth organisation, established in 1994 by Jim Stynes OAM and Australian film director, Paul Currie. 

Reach’s group-based workshops create safe and supportive spaces where teenagers can connect and share stories honestly; spaces where they can experience belonging, discover their strengths, and build their self-efficacy and resilience. 

For nearly two decades, Reach has been making a positive impact in the lives of young Australians.
Independent research confirms that “Reach helps young people improve self-esteem and gain a greater sense of control over their lives.”

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your young person’s participation in Reach’s Secondary School workshops, please contact Glenda McCarthy or Amanda Kenna on 8958 5000.

For further information about Secondary School Workshops or Reach please visit reach.org.au.

Yours Sincerely,


Hilary Snaize
Acting Principal
3 June 2021