Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Leave Some Things for Your Children to Conquer

My grandfather came to Australia when he was 14 years old.  He grew up in Cyprus during the war and his parents and his family (eleven brothers and sisters) were eating locusts and desert berries in order to stay alive.  So my grandfather was put on a boat, leaving behind his family, he travelled to Australia to start a new life for himself.  Talk about growing up quickly!


When my grandfather came to Australia there were lots of ‘Greek things’ he wanted to bring with him.  He brought with him his culture, he brought with him his love for family Continue Reading >>

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Youth Excel’s After School Small Group Programs

These small group programs are delivered each week at the Youth Excel Centre. Young people are welcome to join us for one week or every week depending on their interest and needs. School holiday programs will also be running through the September/ October break.


Cost:    $10.00 per session
Venue: 138 Old Gympie Rd, Cnr Nellies Lane Kallangur
RSVP:   (07) 3482 3466.  Spaces are limited so please RSVP by Monday each week the program is running.




Pre-teen program: Thursday 14th August 4.00-5.00pm
Teenage program: Thursday 14th August 5.00-6.00pm

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

How Do We Encourage Young People to Have More Down Time?

This blog post has been inspired by a local high school teacher who has children of her own.  She was having an interesting conversation with her son.  Her initial question was “Why don’t teenagers read as much as they used to?” His response wasn’t that he didn’t want to, but that he didn’t have the luxury to be able to.  He felt that there was too much pressure on teenagers to always be busy and productive.


I also have four different clients at the moment who would echo this boy’s words exactly.  They feel scheduled, driven, pushed, directed and overwhelmed.  Continue Reading >>

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