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WHAT WERE WE UP TO LAST TERM?

 

We prepared kids for future career paths and opportunities

Making plans and decisions for future career paths can be daunting for many high school students. At RMCC, we understand the disadvantages kids from refugee and migrant backgrounds face, including the lack of understanding of career opportunities and pathways in Australia, the possibility of being exploited due to unfamiliarity with workers’ rights, just to name a few. That’s why last term we organised career orientation sessions for RMCC Sidekicks Senior students at Sunshine College where we discussed different potential career paths from mentors who have hands-on experience in those fields. They also got to learn their rights as future employees and what they can do to protect their rights. 

We had an open and exciting career conversation – the kids asked a lot of interesting questions! We can’t wait to see these kids become what they aspire to be, which they are totally capable of.

We were moved by how much RMCC kids love our programs

Nothing can compare seeing our kids noticeably improve their academic and social skills. Except for hearing from them how much they enjoy going to our program every week. 

Students from RMCC Side-by-Side program more than once told us our session was their highlight of the week. Khuppi, who has been with us for (time to be confirmed), had to skip school once because he felt unwell that morning, yet as soon as he felt better that day he went to our afterschool program. Elim, another Side-by-Side student, chose our session over a school activity there was a clash between the two.

This is what keeps us doing what we’ve been doing – knowing how many kids benefit from our support and how much they genuinely love coming to the program, where they have fun while learning something new from their friends and mentors every time. 

We surprised the kids with early end-of-year presents

For the last 12 months, RMCC kids have been nothing but awesome! They have been proving time and time again that they are everything we believe they are – talented, curious, creative – and more. To celebrate their achievements for yet another successful school year,  , we surprised them with some presents before saying goodbye for the holiday. Our Sidekicks Junior kids were all excited about the Legos and all the building projects they will explore with them. Sidekicks Senior students, on the other hand, received beautiful backpacks with all the school materials they need to get them ready for the school year ahead. 

We thanked our volunteer mentors with a fun game night

Volunteers are the backbone of RMCC. Without them acting as the kids’ mentors, we wouldn’t be able to deliver our support and respond timely to the unique needs of the kids. They’re one of the key reasons the kids look forward to RMCC programs.

To thank these amazing humans for their hard work and dedication, we organised a Game Night for our volunteers to unwind and get to know each other. From Charade to Trivia to Jenga, these games brought us even closer together as a team. We had tons of laugh, lots of surprises and loads of beautiful memories.

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