The Aspire Program
The Aspire Program gives disenfranchised young people the practical tools to tackle adversity, take ownership of their actions, set goals – and achieve their dreams. Delivered by dynamic former Canberra Raiders captain now qualified fitness trainer Alan Tongue, the physical-based mentoring program is changing lives by building trust, self-esteem and a sense of teamwork.
How it works
The Aspire Program is inclusive and interactive. One, two-hour session takes place each week, over the course of the eight-week program. For Alan, the focus is on creating an engaging learning environment and developing strong rapport with all participants.
Each face-to-face session involves a combination of theory (key principles) and outdoor fitness, where Alan joins in with his trademark enthusiasm and encouragement. The program breaks down barriers and fosters mateship, which has been shown to have social and health benefits.
What are the key benefits?
The Aspire Program provides the following key benefits for young people:
Builds self-esteem and purpose through engagement and goal setting
Helps improve presentation and leadership skills through positive reinforcement
Development of stronger, more meaningful connections with others
Creates important social and community support structures
Instils confidence and self-belief, which opens new pathways and opportunities.
Who can benefit?
The Aspire Program is designed to bring out the best in the following young people:
Young people who are at risk, and searching for purpose, support, and a sense of belonging.
Troubled young people, from all walks of life and backgrounds, who are showing early signs of behavioural or mental health issues.
What is the program's capacity?
The Aspire Program runs one day a week for eight weeks, for up to 30 young people.