Hey everyone! We are gearing up for a big 2013…Bounce is continuing to expand, we are about to launch a new Yoga project named O M (stay tuned for more this week), and we have a few other exciting developments on the way which we can reveal soon. Please, do not hesitate to contact us to get involved in the C8 movement. Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org is your best bet for a fast response!
“Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies.” – Kofi Annan
Today marks the first anniversary of Bounce. The Bounce Program is representative of this statement and strives to support, empower young refugees, provide awareness of refugee youth issues and bring youth together from all walks of life.
With the project now in full-flight and expanding on the success of last year, The Bounce Program would like to thank the “Bounce Family” which includes the mentees, mentors, Bounce volunteers, AMES and those who have and continue to help and support us.
To find out more about Bounce, bounce here!
Last month we took the mentees from the Bounce refugee program on an excursion to the Dandenong Ranges. The goal of this excursion was to allow the newly arrived youth to get engaged with one another, extend their network and get to know more about Melborune. At the same time, it was a great opportunity for the Bounce program to get to know the mentees a little better.
Unfortunately, the infamous unpredictable Melbourne weather provided us with grey skies and rain. However, this did not dampen the fun we had! There was interaction with some local birds like the wild cockatoo and rosella, a walk in a beautiful garden, a tasty BBQ and, most enjoyable of all, singing! We each took turns in singing a traditional song from our own country…boxes of water were suddenly being used as makeshift percussion, we were all clapping and smiling and the rhythm really got everyone loosened up!
We all enjoyed each other’s company from so many different backgrounds regardless of age, language, faith, and the weather we challenged! It was a great day (check out some of the pics below), and we are looking forward to the end of year party with the mentees and mentors!