Schools & Youth Organisations
Confidence. Consciousness. Compassion
Our Young Leaders programs support students in developing the self-management and interpersonal skills they need to become empowered, self-confident and resilient young people. Our programs align with the Health, Wellbeing & Relationships content strand of the PHPE curriculum and have been designed in partnership with NSW educators and endorsed by child & adolescent mental health professionals.
Horses are exceptional teachers when it comes to developing life and leadership skills for young people. We offer a range of online and in-person programs tailored to meet the specific needs of schools and youth organisations. The horses do the teaching alongside specially trained facilitators who help participants parallel this learning to their everyday lives, improving outcomes and ensuring that learning is transferred to all areas of their lives. This unique, experiential approach to learning creates immediate and lasting change.
Our innovative online programs take the lessons learned with our horses and bring these to students in the classroom. Through a range of interactive and tangible learning tools, students are supported in developing core leadership and life skills in an engaging and enjoyable way.
BeYou@School – Empowerment Program
This unique online program has been designed to complement school’s PDHPE, Wellbeing, Peer Group or Pastoral Care programs. The 6 – 12 week program includes detailed lesson plans, content videos and interactive learning tools in a complete, ready-to-go package for Educators.
The program meets required learning outcomes within the NSW PDHPE syllabus for Stage 4 students and flexible delivery options allow for lessons to be taught in class, via video conferencing or through self-directed study at home. There is also the option to pair each of the six lesson with a 90-minute in-person session with horses.
We offer a range of programs for Schools and Youth Organisations from our beautiful bushland setting in Terrey Hills, located 25 mins from the CBD on Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches. Students work in small teams alongside our magnificent horse ‘teachers’ and experienced coaches help participants take the lessons they have learned with the horses and parallel these back to everyday life. The parallels drawn to everyday situations have profound and lasting benefits for positive change. No prior experience is necessary and there is no riding, participants partner with their horse from the ground.
Young Leaders Programs
Our ‘Young Leaders programs are ideal for young people in leadership roles, demonstrating leadership potential or looking to develop their leadership skills at school, in sports or other extra-curricular activities.
As herd animals, horses intuitively seek clear and authentic leadership in order to feel safe and secure. If students don’t provide this, the horse will! Our programs help participants understand the importance of clear and authentic leadership so they can become the leader the horse seeks. When the horse feels safe, cooperation is a hundred fold and students immediately see the impact of their leadership skills.
Embracing Change – Transitions Programs
Our ‘Embracing Change’ programs support young people in developing the skills needed to confidently navigate change and transitions. There are so many periods of change for young people, including the transition from primary to high school, starting a new school or preparing to enter the workforce or further studies.
Our transitions programs are specifically designed to support young people through these challenging periods of time building resilience, self-confidence and self-esteem. Programs are tailored to meet the specific needs of each of our participants.
Be Kinder – Anti-bullying Programs
Our ‘Be Kinder’ programs have been specifically structured to develop self-esteem, assertiveness and communication skills in an inclusive, neutral environment. The program helps address issues of bullying in schools and youth organisations, developing positive social skills in a non-threatening and relaxed environment.
Our programs are ideal for both the victims and perpetrators of bullying as young people demonstrating bullying behaviours may be just as much a victim in their own lives as those they direct aggression towards.
Engage & Empower – Youth At Risk Programs
By emphasising self-responsibility and accountability, our interactive Engage & Empower programs provide young people at risk of disengagement with the opportunity to develop self-reliance, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Early intervention provides the best opportunity for young people to be well prepared for lifelong, continued learning.
Horses understand how to differentiate between potentially threatening behaviour and a calm and assertive nature. They role model the positive impact of clear and effective leadership, acceptance, kindness and compassion.