Lessons drummed into teenagers

Guys on the go participants from back left, Nathan Whittaker, Anthony Frith, Steil Laurie, Hayden Russell and Corey Edmond, with group facilitators Astrid Robinson and Chris McIntosh.

DRUM building and rhythm lessons have proved to be positive learning tools for Colac and district youths.

Five Year Seven and Year Eight boys have met one afternoon a week for six weeks as part of Colac Area Health’s Guys on the Go program.

The boys have built and played drums, rock-climbed, visited facilities around Colac and talked with Colac police’s youth liaison officer Terry Woodcroft about managing aggression.

Case worker and counsellor Astrid Robinson said the program aimed to encourage social opportunities and build friendships for the region’s youths.

Ms Robinson, who co-facilitates the group with family support case worker Chris McIntosh, said the Colac Community Enterprise-funded group aimed to build self-esteem and relationships by encouraging students to try new things.

She said students had reacted positively to the program.

Ms Robinson said the success meant the program would continue next term, with this term’s students acting as peer-to-peer mentors.

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