Hands on Learning has proven to be a highly successful program. It has helped 95 per cent of participants to finish school, get an apprenticeship or to get a job. It is currently delivered in 110 schools along the east coast of Australia, with plans for Save the Children to further expand the program.
“It’s been great to have some direct involvement with the Hands on Learning program,” says Daniel. “Being able to witness young people set a goal, work towards that task and succeed, it’s really empowering for them – and me. Just hearing these children talk with genuine excitement and passion about these opportunities, it’s amazing and something I really think will set them up for future success.”
An opportunity to share the lessons learned
Daniel is excited at the opportunity to be an ambassador and show what Save the Children is doing. “I’m just hopeful that I can share some stories and some advice, that can resonate with young people in their programs. Take it from me, I wasn’t the perfect student at school, but I chased something I was passionate about and for me that’s what’s important. If I can impart that to anyone, I’ll be really happy.”
“I don’t think it’s easy being a child at the moment,” he says. “Life just seems a little more complicated compared to when I was growing up. Right now, I think it’s challenging for young people to find their way, so I’m just hoping that we’re able to provide support, help them chase what they’re passionate about. They’re the future and we should be giving them the best possible head-start.”