We All Matter
WAM (We All Matter) is a group work program designed for secondary school students who might be at risk of disengaging from school because of challenges in their lives. These can often show as poor academic performance or behaviour problems. Although the content of the workshops are educational, the process of being part of a team is emphasised each week, communication skills are developed, conflict resolution and negotiation skills are also used. Groups develop their own group guidelines or values, which are developed into an artwork over the course of the program.

Students are referred by their schools and meet at the Youth Hub one day a week. Male and female groups run on separate days, allowing exploration of specific gender based topics. A number of topics are covered including:

  • Communication
  • Relationships
  • Bullying
  • Cyber Safety
  • Physical Health
  • Sexual Health
  • Youth Services
  • Anger Management
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Mental Health
  • Body Esteem
  • Drug Health

    Hands on activities such as cooking, sport and art as well as day outings also form part of the program.

    Participants will have improved self-esteem, communication skills and life skills as a result of completing the program.

    Schools have reported improved attendance and attitudes of students participating in the WAM Course.

    This course was developed at Highlands Community Centres through our Youth Centre and has been successfully run for three years.




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