After much success in Queensland, the Blue EDGE program is being piloted at Fitzroy High School two mornings a week in term two and will continue into term three. Blue EDGE (Educate, Develop, Grow, Empower) is a program of physical training designed to extend a young person’s mind and physical capability. The program also includes career education, motivational speakers and mentoring with a view to having youth actualise their potential.
Outcomes include personal relationships and rapport being built between Police, Blue Light Volunteers and the young people and their families. The intention of the program is to grow and develop the skills and attitudes young people need to take part in society, now and in the future. We believe that interacting with young people will encourage participants to be receptive to good guidance and have respect and trust in the police as they mature. We believe that the interaction between young people, the Police and Blue Light is making a positive and sustainable difference in people’s lives.
Cathy Williams, Blue EDGE Metro Program Coordinator had the following to say:
‘We’ve had a really good first run of the Blue EDGE Pilot at Fitzroy High School this term. A consistent group of eight year 10 students have attended each week – Mondays and Fridays, starting at 7.30am – showing keen enthusiasm and engagement. The feedback from our trainer Aaron has been that the boys are “outstanding, well mannered, open and relaxed”. It is commendable to see their commitment given the early start! Aaron has been tailoring the sessions according to what he observes with the group and individuals and there will be more team building in Term 3 with small and big group activities, encouraging different styles of leadership.
We’ve had some great wellbeing workshops as well in the second half of the sessions – some sports insights from Joe Costa (Yarra Leisure Manager) and Aaron Curtis. The facilitators from Chin Up boys got some great discussions happening with the group around Identity, Masculinity, Communication, and Conflict Resolution.’
The photos show a training session in action, with two of the participating police officers from Fitzroy, along with Aaron who works for Yarra Leisure, who runs the fitness sessions.
Blue EDGE is looking to include more student participants next term from years 9 & 10. Please speak to Vanessa, Paul or Andrea if you are keen to join. The program will recommence in week two.