More than a game: evaluation report

McDonald, Kevin, Grossman, Michele and Johns, Amelia 2012, More than a game: evaluation report, Victoria University, Melbourne, Vic..

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Title More than a game: evaluation report
Author(s) McDonald, Kevin
Grossman, Michele
Johns, AmeliaORCID iD for Johns, Amelia
Publication date 2012-09
Total pages 52
Publisher Victoria University
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) youth mentoring
young people and police
sport-based training
building self-confidence
Summary ‘More than a Game’ is a sport-based youth mentoring program developed and implemented by Western Bulldogs in partnership with Newport Islamic Society (NIS), the Australian Federal Police, Victoria Police and Hobsons Bay City Council, with funding from the Attorney General’s Department Building Community Resilience (BCR) grant scheme. The program aimed to develop a community-based resilience model that would use team-based sports to address issues of identity, sense of belonging and cultural isolation amongst young men of Islamic faith, all of which are identified as factors that may promote forms of violent extremism. The program involved 60 young men, aged 15-25, from the Newport Islamic Society in Melbourne’s Western suburbs. The boys were engaged in numerous activities where they were mentored by staff from Western Bulldogs, Victoria Police and Australian Federal Police, who worked in conjunction with community leaders from the Newport Islamic Society.

Through sports-based training, mentoring programs, and community dialogue, ‘More Than a Game’ aimed to develop participants’ leadership, communication, and cross-cultural engagement skills; to identify and facilitate the development of young role models in the community; to enhance greater understanding of the Muslim community in Melbourne’s West, and to foster greater intercultural contact and understanding between participants and other cultural groups. A number of activities were developed and implemented as a part of the program
Language eng
Field of Research 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare
HERDC Research category A6.1 Research report/technical paper
HERDC collection year 2012
Copyright notice ©2012, Victoria University
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