Evidence from this evaluation indicates that Kids as Catalysts:
- improved children’s personal, educational and social capacities
- increased children’s educational engagement, learning skills and community capacities
- built links between families, schools and community groups, and extended children’s safe community network
- Contributes significantly to building children’s resilience and educational engagement
Given the significant rise in outcomes in the second year of program delivery(2018 –2019), we can confidently conclude that multi-year delivery increases teacher, student and school capacity to engage this creative, real world education model, supported by the increasing acceptance and knowledge of, and confidence in the program throughout the school community.
From the comparative results 2019 to 2021, we draw the conclusion that whilst Geelong Kids as Catalysts was impacted by the Covid lockdowns and changes to students’ schooling, it still contributed significantly to building children’s personal wellbeing, educational engagement and outcomes, and social engagement, suggesting this program as a unique and effective approach to disaster resilience in vulnerable communities –forging personal and educational outcomes through community