Rivertracks are a community-centred group of people invested in engaging our local community (Tweed Heads) to rise up to the challenge of helping our vulnerable young people to co-create a safe and supportive space that will provide them with belonging, functional life skills and realistic work pathways.
RiverTracks offers a lifeline to disengaged young people by helping them to build skills that will lead them towards employment and achieving their life goals.
The program targets young people 13 and up who have disengaged from schooling. The program is free and currently runs on a Monday and Tuesday during school term with occasional extra days for volunteer work and training opportunities on weekends and during school holidays.
It focuses on developing work skills, building relationships with and engaging at-risk young people. We work flexibly with young people to explore their interests and create pathways for them to develop life skills and practical capabilities in their interest areas.
By working with local charities, landholders and businesses to create mutually beneficial exchanges, working therapeutically with dogs, running weekend activities and hosting guest activities we co-create a safe, supportive and inclusive community-based support program for vulnerable young people that ensures they feel they belong to and are valued by our community.
Waratah Education Foundation supported the youth program to operate on an additional day.