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Links to Learning

Links to Learning is a program funded by the NSW Government and administered by the NSW Department of Education. Under the 2017 – 2019 Links to Learning Community Grants Program, Pathfinders has been approved  to deliver targeted programs to students in Year 6 through Year 11 who are at risk of disengaging from learning in the Barwon and the Northern Tablelands school districts.

Projects have been developed in line with Program Guidelines and in collaboration with local schools.

The Program emphasises the importance of completing schooling to achieve future hopes and aspirations and will reach disengaged students via a range of hands-on evidence-informed activities focused around mediums with strong appeal such as drumming, music, art and the outdoors.  Delivered in a highly interactive and powerful way, the intent is that participants develop life-changing thinking that will positively impact on future behaviour and decisions.

Pathfinders therapeutic approach to youth development within the RAP philosophy Circle of Courage, which looks at youth development and welfare through the four elements – Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity was used as inspiration during the project’s development.

Objectives of the Links to Learning Community Grants Program

Key objectives of the Links to Learning Community Grants Program include:

  1. CONNECT– schools identify appropriate students in partnership with funded organisations. Other agencies may be aware of students who would benefit from this support. However, all referrals must be made through a participating school.
  2. ENGAGE – students are actively engaged in meaningful activities delivered by the funded organisations.
  3. LEARN – students are provided with learning opportunities aimed at improving their education, employment and life skills. The delivery of recognised credentials is an important part of many courses.
  4. PLAN – individualised plans are developed collaboratively with students to identify goals and strategies for their transition from Links to Learning projects to their base school.
  5. TRANSITION – students are supported in implementing their individual plan for successfully transitioning from Links to Learning projects to their base school.

Latest News

25 Jun 2018

CEO Alan Brennan’s Speech to Government House

Listen Thank you Governor and Mrs Hurley for inviting us into your home. My apologies for bringing a bit of the New England chill to Sydney…and it would be lovely to see some of yesterday’s drought breaking rain head west. 2018 has been another fantastic year for Pathfinder’s Pumpkin Run. Since we started the Pumpkin... View Article

25 Jun 2018

2018 Pumpkin Run Diary

Listen 2018 has been another fantastic year for Pathfinder’s Pumpkin Run. More than 200 people have been involved in this year’s Pumpkin Run – from volunteers for planning, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, loading and packing, cooking and encouraging it has been a true community effort. We also had 3 tonnes of pumpkins donated by our... View Article

13 Jun 2018

Pathfinders Committed to Glen Innes after Government Drops 18.44 per cent of Public Jobs in Region.

Listen A new report exposes how the New England and North West has lost hundreds of public sector jobs in the past five years.   Census data from 2011 to 2016 has been analysed by The Australia Institute (TAI), showing regional NSW was missing out in an estimated $500 million a year in foregone wages... View Article

29 May 2018

Seeking Funding Support to reinvigorate the Pathfinders NABC Program

Listen A meeting was held in Tamworth on Friday 25th May with Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Sarah Mitchell and Phil Naden, CEO of Bila Muuji, in the hope of Seeking Funding Support to reinvigorate the Pathfinders National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program in NSW. Pathfinders is determined to source additional funds to keep this vital program operating as... View Article

16 May 2018

Statement from Pathfinder’s CEO

Listen CEO of Pathfinders, Alan Brennan, said a recent fire at a Pathfinder’s property, which resulted in extensive damage, was being investigated by the NSW Police and the NSW Fire and Rescue.   Six people, including four young people, were in the house at the time of the fire.   “The safety and welfare of... View Article