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Please donate to bring Wright of Passage to Geelong

We are setting up Wright of Passage in Geelong to support young people who struggle to progress through school or have left school and have difficulty moving into further education or the workplace.

Please help us and support these young people. Your donation will provide vital equipment, materials, and a safe workshop environment to help kids get their lives back on track.

The unique Wright of Passage program commenced in 2018 in Sydney. It aims to support 15 to 18-year-olds who struggle to progress through school or have left school and have difficulty moving into further education or the workplace. The program develops core technical skills, essential work-ready attitudes, and the self-confidence needed to succeed.

Thanks to a new partnership with Western Beach Boat Club, the Making Waves Foundation is setting up Wright of Passage outside Sydney for the first time. The Wright of Passage Geelong will dovetail seamlessly with the foundation’s other programs in Geelong and Melbourne.

Young people in Geelong will be coached and mentored as they undertake trade-based boat-building projects to gain workplace experience. For example, upon entry into the program, each participant will build their own traditional collapsible shipwrights’ workbench.

Participants are supported to transition into further education, training, or employment. Some of our past graduates have found apprenticeships in Boat Building, Carpentry, and Plumbing. Others have moved into employment as deckhands, office administrators, and sports coaches.

The program, free for participants, is run by a dedicated team of volunteers and operates two days per week (Wednesday/Thursday) during school terms.

Three days per fortnight will be at Western Beach, and one day per fortnight involves learning to sail, sailing on Wot Eva out of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

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