COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns are making life tough for Benalla’s young people. Many are experiencing loneliness, isolation, disruption of routines and learning.  

Tomorrow Today is keeping young people connected to their peers and learning. “We have been able to use the learnings from last year’s pandemic lockdowns to support young people,” said Rosie Koop, Executive Officer. “Our staff have worked with our wonderful program delivery partners and dedicated volunteers to offer interactive online activities.”

Connect9 mentees and their mentors had the opportunity to experiment with coding in an online digital workshop, hosted by the Galen College VEX Robotics team. The entertaining Coral Reef Cleanup activity involved participants using a virtual reality Ocean Cleaning Robot to help clean the Mangrove Reef.  They had to collect as much rubbish as possible before the solar-powered batteries on their robot ran down. “It was terrific to see the young people problem solve and share their successes and learnings with each other,” said Karen Curl, Connect9 facilitator.

The Great Start to Work program, which provides young people with invaluable work readiness skills, ran their mock job interviews on Zoom. The Foundation’s staff, volunteers and local partners including NETracks LLEN ran the mock interviews. “It was fabulous to meet Benalla’s young future workforce. They answered interview questions with confidence and honesty. Meeting them and seeing their commitment to learning and achieving brightened up the week for me. It is great to see their pride when receiving positive feedback,” said Ms Koop

For more information about Tomorrow Today’s activities, please contact 5762 1211.