Youth project hits home

Students (clockwise from top) Megan Rex, Michaela Miller, Eleanor Lang, Tash Thompson and Sophie Maitland pose with Becoz Project program manager Katherine Hazelwood. d407343
Students (clockwise from top) Megan Rex, Michaela Miller, Eleanor Lang, Tash Thompson and Sophie Maitland pose with Becoz Project program manager Katherine Hazelwood. d407343

Ms Hazelwood (23) has taught the project’s youth development program to students in a number of western suburbs schools including Methodist Ladies’ College, Christ Church Grammar School and Presbyterian Ladies’ College with promising results.

‘Everything we teach is information that has already been taught to them, it’s just the way we teach it that is different and gets through to the kids so they understand it and relate to it,’ she said.

‘We cover everything – boys, how to brand yourself on Facebook, identifying your strengths and weaknesses, drugs and alcohol to dealing with expectations in the media.’

Ms Hazelwood, a qualified teacher, joined the Becoz Project, which was started up by Rebecca Olsen in 2009, after her students’ grades improved when she initiated the course How To Be A Gentleman to teach English and build their self esteem.

Visit www.becozproject.com.au.