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Over 80 enthusiastic Year 6 students have been empowered to lead creative community change after engaging in the Kids as Catalysts program.

The program has been brought to Benalla through a partnership between Tomorrow Today, Kid’s Thrive and Benalla P-12 College. The 3T’s of philanthropy – time, treasure and talent – are used to inspire group discussions to help students identify the positive change they are passionate about supporting in their community. The children form teams with like-minded peers and then approach local organisations to co-design philanthropic projects that address real problems.

The Lakeside Community Centre was recently buzzing with excitement as sixteen projects were presented.

The students demonstrated their passion for their chosen project through informative and entertaining team presentations. A diverse range of causes were selected including helping to recruit more women into our emergency services, putting on a morning tea for people with a disability, promoting NAIDOC Week, supporting a local animal shelter and many more.

“This year’s students are very inclusive and passionate about making a difference,” according to Tomorrow Today Wellbeing Coordinator, Cathy Hair.

The judging panel was made up of the Benalla Mayor, Don Firth, Principal of Benalla P-12 College, Tony Clark, and leaders from Benalla Police, the Rotary Club of Benalla, Department of Education and Training, Kids Thrive and Tomorrow Today.

The panel was very impressed with the students’ endeavours and all projects were given the green light to proceed. The next stage will be very exciting, as the students make all their projects happen.

Students will give their final project reports and reflect on what they have learned from this experience on the 12th September 2018 at the Lakeside Community Centre.  Community members are welcome to attend, please RSVP to Tomorrow Today at or 5762 1211.

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