Our philosophy at Corio brigade with regard to our unique community is to establish and build meaningful, sustained relationships.
It's a process that cannot simply be attained overnight, which is why we need to commit to an approach that, with fresh ideas and outcomes, will achieve a strong and healthy association where both parties contribute and benefit.
Sometimes we need to take a risk and think outside the square in a bid to find new ways to truly engage with our community groups.
With these thoughts in mind we've built a strong bond with one of our local secondary colleges that was established in early 2011, and we continue to strengthen our ties with them. Recently we arranged an information session for a group of Year 11 English as a Second Language students at our station. the students were from various backgrounds including Congo, Liberia, Philippines, Thailand, Burma, Afghanistan, China and Vietnam for an information session.
I have recently completed a 'train the trainer' type course that has equipped me with the tools to deliver a personal development program to youngsters aged 10 to 16 years old.
The program, called 'Rock and Water' is based on the ideal of physical – social teaching. It relies on the theory of participating in various physical activities and then subtly reflecting on them. We incorporated some of these activities into the session, along with our key take-home fire safety awareness messages. Based on the feedback we received, this unique approach was very positively received.
The session ran for more than two hours and by regularly incorporating physical movement and friendly competition teh students remained alert and engaged.
You could reasonably argue that truly connecting with teenagers from an adult presenter's perspective is one of our biggest challenges. However when we get it right it is arguably the most rewarding.