The evolution of C Project (Catalist Project) is somthing that I am involved in at Musselburgh Grammar School. It is a partnership project between Musselburgh Grammar School, Catalist Eutrapunurial Charity and Volenteer Development East Lothian (where I am currently chair of tustees).
C Project is a 12 month programme for young people consisting of three distinct phases:
1. Wilderness Adventure
People take 21 days to break a habit. Students are taken on an adventure away from their families and peer groups and professional outdoors instructors encourage them to face their fears and overcome them.
2. Community Challenge
Students are introduced to their society and asked to put something back. The students visit the emergency services, sporting and educational facilities provided by their society and shown how to access the facilities available to them. Afterwards they are asked to come up with a project that will benefit their society.
At the end of the Wilderness Adventure the students are asked to make several goals that they feel they can achieve. They are paired with mentors whose role is to support the students in reaching their goals. The mentors work with the students in the build up to their next diet of exams.
We have now finished Stage two of the project and this evening the group of students from MGS who are participating in the programme met their mentors for stage three of the project for the first time.
As always the evening was fantastically well facilitated by the team from VDEL and consisted mainly of a ‘speed dating’ type exercise where the students got to interview and then choose their future mentor.
The graduation for Stage Two of the programme is next week.