2018 Local Hero Ashleigh Phipps: Conscious Kids
The $10,000 Westfield Local Heroes grant has enabled Conscious Kids to hire a new part-time role to help assist with their programme that is free-play in a natural setting with as little assistance as possible from equipment and technology.
After the Westfield Local Heroes announcement, Conscious Kids was pushed to develop specialised youth skills and career development pathways for their teen volunteers and assistants.
“The grant is allowing us to have enough resources to develop a high-quality Youth Development Programme – Natural Leaders – That was much needed in our community”.
“Without the grant, we wouldn’t be able to meet the community needs, address its problems and work alongside children, teens and families to grow confident, connected actively involved, lifelong learners who are connected to the land, environment and their communities”.
The youth development programme is specifically focused on working within the community to foster and build the future, says Ashleigh.
Conscious Kids were approached by many North Shore families after the Local Heroes Programme as they were looking for meaningful activities for their “computerised” teenagers. Teenagers themselves contacted Conscious Kids directly as they were looking for a programme that could connect them to their local community and environment and give them the skills, experience and knowledge to work in the outdoor recreation sector in the near future, Conscious Kids say.
Ashleigh Phipps from Conscious Kids feels proud to be recognised as a Westfield Local Hero.