The Dragons recognise the success and influence our individual players can have in various mentoring programs.
The current programs our players are involved in include Positive Behaviour for Success (PBS), PCYC 'Footy Fever' program and Southern Youth and Family Services.
The Dragons Mentoring programs are made possible thanks to the Indigenous All Stars Funding.
Positive Behaviour for Success (PBS)
PBS is a mentoring program run in conjunction with the NSW Department of Education and Training.
Now in its sixth year, Dragons Community have been involved in PBS which is a ‘best practice’ values program involving 52 primary and high schools in the Illawarra and South-East regions.
St George Youth Services Program
The Links to Learning Community Grants Program assists young people aged 12 to 24 years who have left school early or who are students at risk of leaving school early, and provides them with a range of opportunities to remain in or re-enter mainstream education and training.
Players and Dragons Community staff are involved in the mentoring process, telling young people of their own challenges in life and giving examples of how goal setting and team work has benefited them.
This program has yielded some remarkable results in the changed attitude and behaviour of the participants who are a mixture of young offenders and kids referred by their schools; all of whom have had a ‘hard’ upbringing for various reasons.
Southern Youth and Family Services
Similar to the St George Youth Services Program, Dragons Community assists Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS) in engaging young people aged 12-24 years who are deemed "at risk" in programs, including 'Links to Learning' and 'Healthy Acitve Positive Youth' (HAPY).