Our Vision: To build Strong minded young people, who are able to establish Acceptance towards themselves and others, show Kindness, Understanding of emotions in themselves and others to build Resilience and the right Attitude to grow and enhance protective factors to feel connected with their family, culture, and community.

Our Purpose: Creating an integrated program that engages and partners with communities to build resilience, cognitive skills, social and emotional skills and personal development of targeted young people to prevent child harm.

Mission Statement: Delivering an evidence-based program underpinned by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to enable young people to build the skills required for positive change.

Aim: To provide a targeted cognitive, social, emotional and personal development intervention for young people to enhance resilience; build, promote, and strengthen relationships; manage emotions; improve independence and personal responsibility; and create opportunities for personal growth.

Audience: Young people aged 11-18 years identified by their community that have a need to enhance their resilience and leadership skills. Groups will include similar aged young people with similar needs.

The program is also suitable for young people that may have had a traumatic experience or are potentially victims and/or at risk of offending because of a history of:

  • Child protection issues
  • Domestic and Family Violence
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Mental Health issues
  • Drug/Alcohol issues
  • Education issues

The program can also be adapted to other groups of young people including sports groups, youth groups, schooling groups, NDIS groups and other community groups.

SAKURA includes 6 x 90 minute sessions that can be delivered as individual sessions or as an entire program.

Strength - SAKURA helps build the mental toughness to deal with life's challenges with courage and confidence. The topics that assist with building this mental strength include Emotional Intelligence, Cyber Safety and Suicide Prevention.

Acceptance - of yourself and others. Self-acceptance helps you manage negative life experiences more effectively. The topics that assist with developing acceptance include Positive Image and Behaviour and Self-Esteem.

Kindness - being kind helps develop a strong sense of identity and builds healthy relationships. The topics that assist with kindness include Healthy Relationships and Online Safety.

Understanding - yourself and knowing how to manage your feelings, thoughts and behaviours is vital for you to then understand others. The topics that assist in developing these skills include Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution and Anger Management.

Resilience - allows you to recover from adverse events that happen in life. There is a seperate topic in SAKURA examining Resilience, with Goal Setting and Cognitive Skills included. If we learn to think in a realistic way, our negative thoughts will not define us.

Attitude - identifying your attitudes towards yourself and others will assist in working towards the attitude required to achieve your goals. Topics included which focus on developing an effective attitude are Problem Solving, Alcohol and Drug Awareness.

The topics in SAKURA are strength based and work on developing personal skills using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, motivational interviewing approaches and skills training.

The key qualities of an effective leader include good communication skills, having self awareness to identify strengths and weaknesses, having a positive attitude, emotional intelligence and the necessary skills to build healthy relationships (understanding and empathy). The topics in SAKURA ensure all of these characteristics are developed to assist young people develop effective leadership skills.