Where does the Money go?
All money raised for the Kokoda Youth Foundation will enable us to continue our work with Australian youth and changing communities in which we live. How do we do this? We do this by facing barriers in young people, breaking cycles of dependence and welfare, addressing mental health issues, suicide prevention, creating teams and creating individuals who work in teams with the core values of courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice along with many more life changing outcomes.
KCYP (Kokoda Challenge Youth Program) is the flagship program of our organisation. Participants come from every segment of society and we believe there is no difference between those who are expected to fail and those who are
expected to achieve in society - except for opportunity and the right support. KCYP differs from most programs because it’s a long term, 14 month commitment that includes half physical training and mentoring, and half of community service. This extended timeframe allows for opportunities to learn, make choices, fail and flourish. Strict attendance and disciplinary standards, physical conditioning and social service leads to discovery and fulfilment.
- Teams from Tweed Heads, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Melbourne
- 20 weeks of Sunday bushwalks and mid-week training sessions
- Inspirational stories from the Kokoda Campaign
- Personal/team challenges by walking 30km at the
- Brisbane Kokoda Challenge and 96km at the Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge
- Breaking down beliefs of personal limits and discovering that the human spirit is capable of extraordinary things
- Learning responsibility, reliability, dedication and effective communication skills
- Earning the right to participate in a trip to the Kokoda Track or villages in PNG to experience a meaningful cultural, physical and emotional journey
- Community service, fostering social responsibility and an obligation to give back in return for participating in the program.
the difference your money makes
$10,000 is what it cost to put one young person through the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP). A 14 month (yes 14 months!) experiential program where a young person will train within a group for 20 weeks, within this time they will complete The Kokoda Challenge, be equipped with the right equipment to succeed, have the opportunity to walk the real Kokoda track in PNG and on return partake in a planned community service program for 6 months. And this is just the bones of the program.
However…….the money doesn’t only stop at the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program!
Recently Kokoda Youth Foundation has partnered with selected high schools to provide a new program "On The Right Track".
On the Right Track (OTRT) is a program targeting Grade 9 students with various learning, behavioural or social issues which detracts from their educational outcomes and Grade 10 students who show potential for a leadership role but lack the confidence and skills to develop in that area.
The program takes its inspiration from the military campaign that took place on the Kokoda Track during World War II. It identifies the values engraved on pillars at the Isurava village war memorial as key attributes for lifelong success: courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice. Click here to read more
With funds raised over the past 10 years the Kokoda Youth Foundation has been able to equip itself with property – Camp Kokoda. Camp Kokoda is home to a number of youth based activities from school camps to training weekends.
All money raised allows the Kokoda Youth Foundation to continue working with young Australians expanding the reach and services across Australia.
To view our 2015 Annual Report, please click here.
To see an overview of what the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program is about please go here.