Future Pathways is a mentoring program created to continue empowering and supporting disadvantaged children.
With 12 sessions throughout the year, conducted every three weeks, students participate in a variety of learning-based activities paired with specific education/social skills outcomes, this includes outdoor and recreational, including hiking in Belair and Morialta Conservation Park, and kayaking, as well as training days with members of the Emergency Services. Other activities involve getting students to volunteer, including cooking bulk meals and handing them out for lunch through the KSFK program.
Each activity connects different qualities and attributes to real-life scenarios, and strengthens participants’ teamwork and problem-solving skills, pushing them out of their comfort zones and developing resilience, perseverance, and knowledge in different settings. A few of the participants are also creating a youth mental health podcast.
KSFK through the Future Pathways program has also formed a relationship with Zoos SA through Monarto Safari Park, as part of connecting students with other members of the community, and with themselves, for a level of stability and continuity.
Future Pathways is an ongoing program that grows upon KickStart for Kids current school mentoring initiatives, providing students with further specific education/social skills outcomes. Currently, 80 kids, predominantly from year levels 5 and 6, from 9 different schools are part of the program, with the initiative still continuing to grow.