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The Round Yard Project

'Tried everything but nothing is working', is kinda where we find most carers, caseworkers or parents, this programme resets and reinvigorates a young person into two trajectories of either education or employment after their ten weeks.

The programme set up-
WEEK 1-2
Breaking Down Behaviour and Creating Connections
-set up for the future and whats expected
-creating a safe space through democratic agreements
-join up with a dog, each young person choses from our dogs which is to be their journey mate
-connection building through dog training and care
-breaking bad habits
-forming new habits
-engagement through fun
- activities woodwork, horticulture, small animal care, alpacca hugging, art, campfire connection day

WEEK 3-4
Building New Habits
-confidence building
-violence reduction
-acknowledging triggers
understanding perspective
-drug/alcohol reduction strategies
-addiction avoidance-conflict resolution
-activities- performances, walks and talks, construction, animal care, dog training, metal fabrication, art, sheep herding, horticulture.

Team Work
-competency and skills attainment
-carpentry project
-giving back to the community
-metal fabrication project
-team building activations
-team adventure in the bush/activity
-activities-performances, metal fabrication, carpentry, horticulture, dog training, animal care, sheep herding, prophylactic care.

Week 6-7
Future Pathways
-hopes and dreams assessment
-understanding the big picture
-site visits to business and education facilities
-guest speakers

Week 8
Pressure Week
-Individual Activities
-Group Activities
- excursions, incursions

Week 9
Reflections Week.
-looking back and learning form the lived experience
-imagining the future 
-creating the real steps
-accessing the village

Week 10
Celebration Week
-celebrating the wins and focusing on the wins with group activities and adventures.

The Core Programme

The RuffTRACK Core programme runs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 9:30am through to 3pm. The Core programme includes a wide variety of educational activities that aim to give our young people skills in; 
- Literacy and Numeracy 

- Animal husbandry 

- Sustainability, both in land management and household management 

- Mathematics

- Science including biology and Ag Science 

- Public speaking, confidence building, vocal coaching and articulation 

- Performing arts 

- Computer skills

- Horticulture 

- Metal and wood work

- Small and large engine mechanics 

- Construction 

- Budgeting 

- Landscaping 

- Engagement and interaction within the community

- Food Technology 

- Plumbing 

- Arts and Crafts 

- Working cohesively and successfully in groups 

- Indigenous culture appreciation. 

The RuffTRACK Core programme also offers our young people the opportunity to participate in various Cert II and Cert III TAFE courses which will aid them in their future careers. RuffTRACK also offers our young people who are 15 or older the chance to participate in a Rural Operations Cert II Traineeship. 

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