The Geelong Cats and Barwon Child, Youth & Family (BCYF) have today announced a partnership that is a game changer for community programming in the Barwon region.
The two organisations have common aims to advance the rights, health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. This high level partnership will leverage off each organisation’s respective skills and experience and help provide a community where people are safe, connected and empowered to live well.
The partnership includes BCYF staffing of the Geelong Cats’ school programs: Just Think (Year 9 alcohol misuse) and Cyber Cats (Year 7 cyber bullying); as well as the co-branding of the re-furbished Street Surfer bus which will have a presence at future Simonds Stadium home games and other popular youth events across the region.
Geelong Cats Chief Executive Brian Cook said: “This partnership is a game-changer for the Cats. Five years ago we made a commitment to deliver programs for young people in our region with the aim to improve their health and wellbeing. We have always worked with ‘experts in the field’ and this partnership with Barwon Child, Youth & Family will allow us to have greater reach into the community.”
BCYF CEO Sandy Morrison added that “Barwon, Child, Youth & Family is delighted to develop a strategic relationship with the Geelong CATS in order to deliver and develop not only more community service programs, but strengthened services that are focused on engaging, supporting and educating young people in the Barwon Region. Both BCYF and the Geelong CATS are stronger together through this partnership with both organisations having a long-standing commitment to the health and wellbeing of people across the Barwon region.”
Cyber Cats is a practical, industry endorsed program which empowers young people with the ability to make good, brave and balanced decisions when participating in the online world or online activities. It is offered to all secondary schools across our region.
Just Think raises awareness and provide education to young people and the wider community about the impact of alcohol misuse. The program aims to empower young people with knowledge about alcohol and allow them to make safe and educated choices. This is also offered to all secondary schools across our region.