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Twenty-six Benalla students gave up their time in the September school holidays to attend full-day workshops lead by the Tomorrow Today Foundation.

The workshops were held in partnership with Seer Data and Analytics which, like Tomorrow Today, is at the forefront of finding ways to tackle social problems.

Using the process of design thinking, the students combined their own ideas with feedback received from community interviews and social media polls to plan solutions to the issues of bullying, suicide, job opportunities, educational opportunities, entertainment for young people and the environment.

Project coordinator Sally Matheson was excited by the solutions the students proposed.

“They needed to understand the issue from the perspective of others, so that they could design usable solutions” Ms Matheson said.

“The afternoon session got the students’ creative juices flowing. They really thought outside the square. It was rewarding to see the young people so engaged in tasks that required them to utilise communication skills, digital literacy, and creative and problem solving skills.”

Sally encouraged the community to support the students’ work by adding comments on the project’s display wall, which is moved to different locations around town, and through a Facebook page that will be launched in the next few weeks.

The next step in the project will occur during the January school holidays.

Students will participate in a co-creation workshop with some of Australia’s top digital designers.

The focus will be on developing digital solutions to help solve the key issues that have been identified.

“The young people are excited about seeing their hard work come to fruition,” Ms Matheson said.

“They are looking forward to the experience of digital design and testing.”

There is still an opportunity for young people to get involved in this design and problem-solving challenge.

If you or someone you know would like to participate, phone Tomorrow Today Foundation on 03 5762 1211.

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