The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have this week delivered a series of highly engaging information sessions on the power of gratitude, empathy and mindfulness to Collinsville and Scottville school communities, kicking off The Resilience Project in the region.
Presented in collaboration with the Collinsville Community Association and jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Disaster Recovery funding arrangements, under the Community Development Program, the Cowboys have partnered with The Resilience Project (TRP) to help build resilient, positive and mentally healthy primary and secondary school communities through TRP’s school-based program.
Collinsville and Scottville are regional communities located in the Whitsunday region, part of the Cowboys broad footprint and loyal supporter base.
Cowboys community engagement officer and former Cowboys player Ray Thompson was in town to deliver presentations to four of the region’s schools and a community session enabling a whole-of-community approach to the program’s rollout.
Heather Brown from the Collinsville Community Association said she and the Tackling Regional Diversity Through Integrated Care (TRAIC) committee had recommended The Resilience Project as they wanted to help the region’s youth reach their full potential.
“The Resilience Project was highly recommended at our first TRAIC meeting and we’re so pleased to be partnering with the Cowboys to help our youth become happier and more resilient,” Ms Brown said.
“Resilient young people have better coping skills and are more likely to make positive life choices that can directly impact their outcomes in life. We want our region’s young people to succeed and are happy we can provide such a powerful program to help set them up for success.”
Cowboys Chief Community and Government Relations Officer Fiona Pelling said the club was excited to be expanding the program into the region.
“We congratulate the Collinsville and Scottville communities for taking a very positive step for the mental wellbeing and happiness of their young people by joining The Resilience Project family,” Ms Pelling said.
“We’re so pleased to be working closely with these communities to have a positive impact on youth mental health and help strengthen the resilience of our next generation.”
The incoming Collinsville schools to The Resilience Project are: Collinsville State School, Scottville State School, St John Bosco Catholic School, Collinsville State High School.
Overall, the Cowboys are partnering with 42 schools across North and Far North Queensland for The Resilience Project in 2021, providing support, resources and ambassador visits to complement the program curriculum.
About The Resilience Project:
The Resilience Project focuses on four pillars – gratitude, empathy, mindfulness and emotional literacy – and empowers teachers with curriculum-based program resources, activities and knowledge to help inspire and educate their students. Parents and caregivers are also given practical ideas on how to best support their children in building resilience. More information: theresilienceproject.com.au