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NEXT STEP PROGRAM

AVAILABLE TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGE OF 13-18 WHO HAVE COMPLETED AN OPERATION FLINDERS EXERCISE!

 

The Next Step Program is an opportunity for young people once they complete their Operation Flinders Exericse. Structured to provide opportunities in self-development, self-confidence and learning, the program is a great way to continue the sense of adventure and growth.

By simply self-nominating to enter the program, the young people will receive emails, invitations and gain access to resources exclusive to Next Step participants. As a Next Step participant, they may:

  • Have the opportunity to walk again on exercise as part of the leadership team
  • Have the opportunity to take part in activity weekends
  • Camp, trek and explore iconic areas of South Australia
  • Be offered to take part in accredited certifications
  • Have the opportunity to take part in short courses
  • Have the opportunity to take part in our employment pathways program

The majority of the activities and opportunities through the Next Step program are held during the school holidays or over weekends in order to limit disruption with schooling.

ACTIVITIES EXCLUSIVE TO NEXT STEP PARTICIPANTS

NEXT STEP PARTICIPANT (PGM) ACTIVITY WEEKENDS

Next Step Weekends spread throughout the year are an opportunity for previous Operation Flinders participants to learn and demonstrate leadership skills when while engaging in fun, outdoor activities. The activities encourage young people to be independent and make decisions while being supported by positive adult role models, which emulates their original exercise walk and builds on existing leadership.

 

Some of the activity weekends require the young people to cook their own meals and work as a team and may include adventure-based activities such as kayaking, mountain bike riding, bush walking and abseiling. Next Step Participants can attend just one activity weekend, or come to all.

 

These activity weekends are FREE

DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award helps to equip young people aged 14-24 for life and work. The Award is available at Bronze, Silver & Gold levels. Each level has 4 sections (Gold Level also has a Residential Project):

  • Skills
  • Voluntary Recreation
  • Physical Recreation
  • Adventurous Journey

Great news for you! Because you have completed an Operation Flinders Exercise as a Participant, you are automatically awarded the Adventurous Journey section. So, you only have 3 sections left to finish and you can finish these in as little as 6 months.

 

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is FREE for all PGMs

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BARISTA TRAINING 

Learn the basics of how to become a barista! Through our partners at Soho Coffee, you will have the chance to learn the basics of the coffee world.

You will learn:

  • Fundamentals of Specialty Coffee
  • Basic coffee grinding and tamping
  • Fundamentals of coffee extraction
  • Basic milk texturing and pouring techniques
  • Basic cleaning of coffee machinery

Held once every 5-6 weeks, this 1 hour short course will provide you with knowledge to obtain employment in a cafe or restaurant. A certificate of attendance will be provided at the end of the session.

This training is free of charge to all Peer Group Mentors.