THE CHASE PROGRAM
The CHASE Program is co-designed with students, and adopts an innovative pedagogical framework to promote the health and wellbeing of young Victorians. Over the course of the school year, our volunteer mentors travel to our partner schools to deliver twelve health-related workshops, working with the same group of 3-4 students each fortnight.
The Education Phase of the CHASE program consists of six core workshops that form a diverse health curriculum centred on the social determinants of health.
ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS
To understand the impact of alcohol and other drugs (including vaping) on our health.
To familiarise students with money, Medicare, and the Australian healthcare system.
To understand the impact of climate change on one’s health, and empower students to take actions in their everyday lives.
RESPECT AND RELATIONSHIPS
To explore gender, sexuality and respectful relationships in a safe and supportive environment.
To support students in building resilience, and emphasise the importance of prioritising one’s mental health and wellbeing.
INTRODUCTION TO CHASE
To introduce students to mentors and the CHASE program.
All community projects are student-led, meaning that students are responsible for identifying a relevant community challenge, building partnerships with local organisations, fundraising, designing an innovative solution and executing it.
EXPLORE A COMMUNITY HEALTH ISSUE AND BRAINSTORM A PROJECT RELATED TO THIS ISSUE
Students think critically about the local community, as well as explore a community health issue and the factors that contribute to it.
Students are partnered and begin working with their community partners.
BUDGETS AND CONTINGENCY PLANNING
Students gain an appreciation of budgeting and planning in their project, as well as in their daily lives.
Students continue to develop their project and learn to work better in a team.
TASK DELEGATION AND TIME MANAGEMENT
Students identify tasks to be completed for their project and delegate these tasks.
Students reflect on the school or community-based project and the process of completing the project.
PREPARING FOR PRESENTATIONS
Students learn about what makes a good presentation, enhance their presentation skills, and plan for their showcase.
Project Phase is made up of six workshops, and empowers students to use the knowledge and skills gained in Education Phase to develop a project that addresses health concerns within their local community.
The Project Phase workshops are designed to be flexible according to the students’ personal and project aims. They include activities that develop transferable skills, such as professional communication, teamwork, and leadership.
A recent student group at Copperfield College organised a campaign to raise community awareness of homelessness through a tin-can drive at Copperfield’s three campuses. To fund the project, the students set up a fundraising campaign through a car wash initiative. The team raised $480 and collected over 2,400 cans to donate to Hope Street Youth and Family Services.
The CHASE Showcase is a premier event on our organisation’s calendar, and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the hard work of our students and mentors.
Students present their project to an audience of teachers, family, community organisations and notable local figures, and reflect on their journey throughout the CHASE Program.