Over the lifetime of the project, Reach and BHP Billiton have:
- Positively impacted the lives of more than 8,000 young people in the Hunter
- Worked with more than 20 primary and high schools in the region
- Supported the professional development of more than 80 teachers and educators
- Harnessed the leadership potential and supporting the professional and personal development of more than 40 young people, the Hunter “Crew” – many of whom will go on to become Reach workshop facilitators.
A partnership with the Hunter Research Foundation has allowed Reach and BHP Billiton to evaluate the impact of the Hunter Pilot. Results indicate:
- Reach workshops have a positive impact on wellbeing: There was an increase in overall wellbeing for those students who participated in the Reach workshops (when compared to the control group). Workshops had a positive impact on the overall wellbeing of year 9 students and resulted in an elevation of wellbeing scores to match that of the national average.
- Positive impact on protective factors: Workshops significantly impacted on a number of protective factors useful for young people to negotiate life and meet its challenges. For year 7 students, this was improvement in self awareness, perseverance and managing relationships and for year 9 students this was confidence, self belief and making choices.
“…when young people are given the opportunity to express their real selves, they can achieve whatever they want… this process starts with someone believing in them.”
- Jim Stynes, Reach co-founder