Thursday 26 April 2012 3:48 PM
The 'Panthers On The Prowl' Community Development Foundation continues to gather momentum in its aim to give something vitally important back to families and young people within Penrith and surrounding areas.
Our goal is to make a difference to the wellbeing of young people in the communities in which we live.
And our schools program, which has been active since 2002 has had a large positive impact on over 250 young people and their families.
As well as this important individual gain, it has proved that communities and agencies working together can produce mutually beneficial outcomes for us all.
Since beginning in 2002 we have expanded our programs and personnel to encompass seven different initiatives in local comunities.
With a continued high level of support from the Penrith Rugby League, both Federal and State Government and the generosity of our corporate partners we are a development service model.
The social coalition which evolved during the initial primary class intervention model has encouraged us to do this. The building of social capital is at the centre of our enterprise.
We believe that social capital is the strength and quality of the social connections within our community.
All of our programs are monitored and evaluated by our partners at University of Western Sydney and it is these evaluations that continue to drive our programs and allow us to be involved in the continuous improvement of them.
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About Panthers On The Prowl
SCHOOL AND SCHOOL COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAMS
Primary students (12) ,nominated by schools, at risk of disengaging from school
Program aimed at building self-esteem, social skills, resilience, leadership and functional literacy
A partnership between the Department of Education and Training and schools from Penrith Valley and the Lower Blue Mountains.
FAMILY SKILLS PROGRAM
Six week program in primary schools aimed at enhancing family skills.
Building sustainability in parenting support.
LEADERSHIP SKILLS / CIVICS
Conflict resolution skills workshops
Developing student leaders K-12
Mentoring (both peer and using players)
TEACHERS AIDE/MENTOR PROGRAM
Using young contracted players as teachers aides/mentors in the Penrith and Mt Druitt areas
Providing opportunities for training of players in mentoring and child protection issues.
Development of curriculum materials to support literacy and numeracy
Literacy workshops for parents and their children in co-operating schools
CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO SCHOOLS
School management and governance
Police, through the PCYC
Housing in the Cranebrook precinct
Health/Youth Services - co-operative programs on juvenile anxiety (Cool For Kids)
Education - Funding of teacher access to Schools as the community hub for community development
Linking these agencies to a private enterprise supportive coalition
ACTIVE LIFE STYLES
"The playing and participation in sport and the protection and safety of children and young people is at the centre of the Panthers' ethos"
Consultancy support to schools in the Penrith Valley and Lower Blue Mountains Schools. (Government and non government)
Developing awareness of personal development issues, nutrition and fitness to combat obesity in children
Breakfast program in 16 schools
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Providing opportunities for contracted players to link with post playing career options.
Providing links to employment services for parents in school programs. (Community notice boards in schools.)
COMMUNITY WELFARE NEEDS
Providing funding/ support for individual projects linked to our core values.
Aboriginal PCYC project - Aboriginal mentoring project - Provision of incentive systems as requested by schools.
Panthers "Out and About" in the community project including coaching - sporting and rugby league ambassadors, charities, community assistance and welfare.