About the award-winning Central Coast programs
Creating Chances is thrilled to celebrate a truly LEGENDARY win for the entire Creating Chances Community.
In 2019, a community of schools in the Central Coast took out the Secretary’s Award for an Outstanding School Initiative for their implementation of the Creating Chances Pathway across their group of schools (you can read more detail on the project and its outcomes below).
The other winning high schools in the group included Wyong High School, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College – Berkeley Vale Campus, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College – The Entrance Campus, Northlakes High School, Wadalba Community School, Gorokan High School, Henry Kendall High School and Lake Munmorrah High School.
“Through the unique blend of program content, delivery methods and resources, Creating Chances Facilitators worked alongside our community of schools to deliver incredible outcomes, with all schools reporting substantial improvement in behaviour, decreases in referrals, and improvements in confidence and engagement of the students involved.” Rodney Hill, Principal, Wyong High School
About the project
Across 2018, Creating Chances successfully delivered 20 weeks of “Champions” and “Coaches” programs from our Youth Development Pathway across eight high schools and five primary schools on the Central Coast.
Approximately 160 high schools students completed these programs, and delivered six-week programs for nearly 250 primary school students. The high school students also participated in two leadership events at corporate offices and led primary school gala days.
The impact of these programs wasimmense and far exceeded expectations. All schools reported substantial improvement in the behaviour of students, decreases in referrals, and improvements in confidence and engagement of the students involved – all of whom were previously identified as disengaging from school.
A monitoring and evaluation team at the University of NSW measured social and individual changes among participants including: Resilience, Pro-social behavior, Peer problems, Social Self-Efficacy, Attitudes toward school and Level of optimism. Outcomes showed improvement across five of these impact measures including an improvement in resilience and self-efficacy by 11%, and pro-social behaviour by 8%.
Many participating students had some incredible breakthroughs which will help them both in their academic and personal lives.
The most powerful indicators of success have been teacher evaluations, as well as the anecdotal feedback received from school executives. Teachers recognised many positive changes in students and this was reflected in their feedback with 100% of teachers agreeing Creating Chances programs met school expectations and were satisfied with the overall delivery.