The Program2017-12-18T14:04:38+00:00

How It Works

Participants from secondary schools in Northern Adelaide register their interest, and are then randomly selected to attend the program. Cycle of Change staff work with Senior Leaders, Student Wellbeing Coordinators, VET Coordinators and Youth Workers to engage students to attend the 15 sessions.

Participants attend the Cycle of Change program for 15 days at a location near their school of enrolment.  Every day participants are split into two groups: one group will participate in a workshop that helps them develop work and life skills; while the other group rides – then the groups swap over after a lunch break.

In 2017 the program is currently running in three locations in Northern Adelaide and accesses skate parks located in: Stretton Centre Munno Para, Northern Sound System Elizabeth and Lefevre Community Stadium Osborne.


The Cycle of Change team are working to empower young people to:

  • Re-engage participants in education
  • Keep participants engaged in education and increase attendance
  • Help young people imagine possibilities and explore future employment options
  • Get young people ready for the realities of work
  • Support participants to identify and overcome barriers to Education, Training and Employment (barriers may include: drug and alcohol use, generational unemployment, access to transport, non-attendance at school, low confidence and self-esteem, and lack of support)
  • Develop emotional skills
  • Build resilience, confidence self-esteem
  • Help young people understand what support options are available in their community
  • Increase young people’s networks


Workshops to empower young people help develop and improve their life and career aspirations include:

O-week Get On Your Bike – Establish code of conduct, set group norms and down load Cycle of Change APP

Positive Headset – Anger management, managing stress and anxiety, developing coping strategies, positive self-talk, and creating awareness of local support groups including Headspace

From Little Things Big Things Grow – Developing positive social behaviours, the value of community and social inclusion, and development of meaningful and respectful relationships

Talking the Talk – Effective workplace communication, conflict resolution, taking direction, and team work

Re-fuel – Health and nutrition, learning to prepare cheap healthy meals, and an orientation to local food services

Work Health & Safety – Tailored to BMX safety and awarded 2 accredited WH&S modules earning SACE points

Earn While You Learn – Gateway Career Guidance including the benefits of traineeships &Group Training Organisations, and how to secure an apprenticeship or traineeship

Pedal Power – Interview skills, personal presentation, mock interviews, and Industry visits

Get cultured, making it work – Workplace culture and expectations, differing industry requirements, and understanding Workplace legislation

Crank it up – Understanding Labour market trends, job search strategies, and the development of a career action plan

Race times – Organise your work, time management, decision making, problem solving, and managing your digital reputation

Getting yourself out there – Interpreting job ads, Resume and application letters, references, and marketing yourself

Show me the money – Financial counselling, and the development of financial literary skills, supported by Good Shepherd Finance

“I feel a happier person now. I feel like I’m willing to try and not give up on things.  Now I know, that to get things in life I have to work for them”

– Program Participant

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