The Top Blokes Foundation promotes the wellbeing of young men in Australia, aged from 11 to 24 years of age with a vision of ensuring that young men are happy, healthy and safe within their communities. These goals are achieved by promoting awareness of young men’s issues within schools and the community, and creating strategies to engage young men and to help them to achieve their full potential.
IA is well-known for supporting charities, non-profit organisations and worthy Foundations across Australia, so when Grant Allsopp, one of IA’s board members, suggested the Top Blokes Foundation, IA happily agreed to support their work.
IA is proud to have donated two $13,000 grants to the Top Blokes Foundation in June and October 2017 to fund programs in two Sydney Schools over the next two years. These schools are Leumeah High School and Campbelltown Performing Arts High School in NSW.
The IA donations will help the Top Blokes Foundation to build resilience, foster inclusion and ensure the wellbeing of young men in these two schools, helping them to become Top Blokes in their communities.
Supporting the Top Blokes Foundation in Australia
In 2006, the now Managing Director of the Top Blokes Foundation, Melissa Abu-Gazaleh, decided to do something positive about the negative views of young men in our society. Starting with the inaugural Top Blokes Awards celebrating young male Australians who have inspired others to do better in their lives, the Foundation now has a number of programs aimed at helping young men to choose a positive path in life.
To date, the Foundation has inspired thousands of young men to overcome many of the social issues in their lives and to believe in their own self-worth. Mentoring is the basis of the Top Blokes Programs, which are delivered in high schools and community settings for the school age young men (11 to 13 years of age). At this age, the programs focus on respect for their peers and a reduction in their risk-taking behaviours, being driven by positive male role models.
Disengagement at school and anti-social behaviours are also the topic of the 14 to 17 year old’s program, which includes an early intervention framework. Fostering critical thinking and self-efficacy, and learning skills that lead to a safe and healthy life are principles that will help these young men to integrate in a positive way within their own communities.
For the older 16 to 24 year old age group, the program helps young men to overcome the social barriers that may prevent them from gaining and retaining employment. Conflict resolution, leadership and teamwork, mental health in the workplace, alcohol and drugs, risk taking behaviour and peer pressure are all topics that are covered at this age.
With suicide the main killer of young men in Australia, followed by accidental poisoning and car accidents, the Top Blokes Foundation is a welcome breath of fresh air, working tirelessly to improve the social well-being and mental health of our young men.
You can find out more about the Top Blokes Foundation on their website: http://www.topblokes.org.au