Our children and students make more decisions every day than adults had to as teenagers.
Age old issues of peer pressure, bullying and low self esteem are part of their everyday, as well as screens and a constant barrage of images, advertising messages and an expectation of instant communication means our teenagers live under more pressure to perform than any other generation.
Studies show that 24% of young people aged between 16-24 experience moderate to severe psychological distress,
90% of 15-17 year olds who are hospitalised experience some form of intentional self-harm.
IN A 2017 SURVEY OF AUSTRALIAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BY GALLUP ONLY45% SAID THEY HAVE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.
We conducted Our own Student Survey from the 2017 event which told us:
- 78% of students left with more hope for the future
- 88% loved the event and want to return next year
- 75% made the decision to make positive changes in their lives
- Over 55% had particular areas of need in their lives in which Stand Tall provided immediate help
These young people are our children, their schoolmates, and our future.
Stand Tall shows your children and students that they have the power to make positive choices that will have a positive impact on their lives.
Each Stand Tall Event accounts for 4 hours of the PDHPE Curriculum.
We address key issues facing today’s teenagers by presenting pop culture role models sharing real life stories to inspire students to rise above high risk behaviours, and make choices that lead to positive outcomes.
Roger Davis - Principal, Westfields Sports High School
Roger shares why he recommends taking students to the Stand Tall Event and the positive influence Stand Tall is making in his school.
We present this Event as a day school excursion for students of Christian Studies and PDHPE. Addressing the Objectives and Outcomes of the PDHPE Program:
Recently an extensive study written by Professor Patrick Parkinson “For Kids’ Sake” Repairing the Social Environment for Australian Children and Young People was presented in 2011 outlining grave concerns about the future of our world. Some of his findings are:
More that 25% of our young people aged 16-24 have a mental disorder and a further 24% experience moderate to severe psychological distress.
There has been an increase of 66% in the number of 12-14 year old children and 90% 15-17 year old students hospitalized because of intentional self harm from 1996-2006 (p7).
The result is that fragile families grow fragile children who in turn grow fragile children and the cycle continues.
It is clear that with all these new development programs to find happiness or to develop positive psychology we are not addressing key issues to solve these difficulties.
Stand Tall aims to address key issues in the PDHPE Curriculum by presenting pop culture role models sharing their real life stories to inspire young adults to make great life choices and rise above these risk behaviours and difficulties.
The specific outcomes presented are:
Strand One: Stages 5.1, 5.2 & 5.3
- Objectives: Students will enhance their sense of self, improve their capacity to manage challenging circumstances and develop caring and respectful relationships:
- 5.1 – Analyses how they can support their own and others sense of self
- 5.2 – Evaluates their capacity to reflect on and respond positively to challenges
- 5.3 – Analyses factors that contribute to positive, inclusive and satisfying relationships
Strand 3: Stages 4.7 & 5.7
- Objective: Students will take action to protect, promote and restore individual community health
- 4.7- Identifies the consequences of risk behaviours and describes strategies to minimize harm
- 5.7 – Analyses influences on health decision-making and develops strategies to promote health and safe behaviours
Stand 4: Stages 4.16 & 5.16
- Objective: Students will develop and apply the skills that enable them to adopt and promote healthy and active lifestyles
- 4.16 – Clarifies the source and nature of problems and draws on personal skills and support networks to resolve them
- 5.16 – Predicts potential problems and develops, justifies and evaluates solutions
This event will significantly impact our youth and challenge them on many levels to deeply consider how they can effect good in their lives and the lives of their peers. This in turn will impact the culture of your school.
Schools who have attended to date include:
Abbotsleigh School for Girls
Asquith Boys High
Avondale Adventist College
Barrenjoey High School
Bonnyrigg High School
Brisbane Waters Secondary College
Charlton Christian College
Cedars Christian College
Davidson High School
Erina High School
German International School
Green Point Christian College
Hills Adventist College
Hopetown High School
Hunter Valley Grammar
Illawarra Christian School
Knox Grammar School
Lake Illawarra High School
Lisarow High School
Maitland Christian School
Macarthur Adventist College
Macarthur Anglican School
Mackellar Girls Campus
Mater Maria Catholic College
Ngaruki Gulgul School
Nowra Anglican College
Oxford Falls Grammar School
Parkes Christian School
Pendle Hill High School
Picton High School
Presbyterian Ladies College
Ravenswood School for Girls
Springwood High School
St Catherine’s High School
St Aloysius College
St Pauls Catholic College
St Philips Christian College
The Beaches School
The Scots College
Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College
Turramurra High School
Warilla High School
Westfields Sports High
Wycliffe Christian School
Wyong Christian School
Wyong High School