On Tuesday 22 November, Skyline launched its new Geelong Program to celebrate the expansion of Skyline to the Geelong-region and to welcome our new partners for 2017.  The event was held at the James Leslie Council Chamber at Deakin University and was attended by supporters from Deakin University, A & M Costa Foundation, Avalon Airport, the City of Greater Geelong, the Geelong Foundation, Northern Bay College and Newcomb Secondary College; who were all keen to find out more about the Skyline program and what it will bring to the Geelong region.

Dr Peter Hollingworth opened the launch by welcoming Skyline’s new Program Coordinator for Geelong, Leigh Waters.  Leigh expressed her delight in taking on such an exciting initiative in a community that faces enormous challenges. Leigh comes from a background in advocacy and program development, most particularly with youth who have suffered considerable trauma.

A highlight of the launch was an address by Skyline Alumna, Ruth Moore.  Ruth was a Skyline student in 2010-2011 and is currently studying Primary Education at Deakin University.  She also works as a volunteer to support local students in a specialist sporting program at Northern Bay College.  Ruth explained how Skyline helped transform her from a totally disengaged, somewhat cynical student, into one who came to fully appreciate the value of education.  She is determined to help students like her realise their dreams and go on to become valuable, contributing leaders in society.

Skyline looks forward to working with the Geelong community, our new students, their families and schools, and all of our supporters in Geelong.