The Hands On Learning team at Benalla College was awarded 1st Prize in the Get Out There Youth Awards 2011, taking out the Group Program Category in the 12-16 years old age group, against strong competition. The awards are co-ordinated by the Benalla Rural City and Benalla College.
Nominated by Year 9 student Jamielee (pictured 2nd left), Hands On was recognised for “making you a part of something, building things together.” “The program got me back on track when I was struggling at school,” Jamielee added.
“This award is a testament to the way Hands On Learning at Benalla College is really kicking goals”, according to Sabine Smyth, Volunteer Programs Coordinator, with the Tomorrow: Today Foundation, Benalla’s community foundation established and run by locals to fund local community projects.
“The transformation of kids who have otherwise lost their motivation at school and have now been empowered to make the most of school is inspiring,” she added. Tomorrow: Today sponsors Hands On Learning at Benalla College through its Education Benalla program which aims to improve the educational outcomes of local students.
Hands On Learning artisan-teacher Ed Bishop added that the program has had results in the life of the students beyond school. “Two of the participants got school based apprenticeships on the strength of the work skills they had learnt in the program.”
Image courtesy Tomorrow:Today Foundation