The Goodman Foundation is a founding supporter of The Helmsman Project (THP) in their unique program designed to bring about long-term change and opportunity to students of low SES schools through an innovative and highly researched coaching psychology and adventure education program.
The THP program has been developed on a foundation of evidence-based research and includes leaders in the fields of coaching psychology and adventure education with a goal to equip adolescents who are at risk of not fulfilling their potential, with the core skills that will help shape their future.
Goodman supports THP by sponsoring a Coaching and Adventure learning school based program in Sydney's south and south west regions. The coaching program runs over 13 weeks for a group of 6-8 students. It includes individual and team coaching sessions as well as two intense adventure education blocks to complement the students’ learning process. Sailing is used as the adventure education activity.
The Goodman Foundation also fully sponsored the THP fund raising dinners in 2015 and 2016 (planning underway) provided additional funding capacity. Our senior staff are actively involved in volunteering within the organisation and championing this wonderful initiative, including collaborating on the development of their risk management processes and participating as members in two of their management committees.
The first 15 students graduated from the program in November 2013 and another 27 students graduated in June 2014. With the Goodman Foundation’s long-term commitment for funding, THP was also successful in their application for a research grant from the Australian Research Council which will facilitate the expansion of the research program.
There is no doubt that the impact the Goodman Foundation has on The Helmsman Project goes far beyond its valuable financial assistance. We are extremely grateful for the support the Foundation is continuing to offer The Helmsman Project.
Kim Larochelle, General Manager