RICHMOND FELLOWSHIP YOUTH PROGRAMS
“Courage, Commitment & Change”
The Richmond Fellowship Youth Program Team is fully
committed to supporting change and growth in the
lives of all their young people. We believe that no
matter where a young person comes from, what trauma
they may have suffered or what hurt they may have
caused others; each and every young person is of
immense value and can change for the better. We
believe that it takes courage and honesty to grow
and learn. Richmond Fellowship is committed to
growth and learning and as we invite young people to
learn and grow, so must we.
From brokenness to wholeness, from despair to hope,
from shame to confidence, from fear to strength and
from adequate to outstanding. These are the things
that we want for all our young people. We believe
that with persistence, patience and passionate
endeavour, these goals are entirely possible.
The Richmond Fellowship Youth Programs has as its 10
The Richmond Fellowship Youth program uses RAP
(Response Abilities Pathways) as its model of care
whereby it incorporates the Circle of Courage into
its daily practice. It is a ‘whole body’ experience
where we aim to live the model at home and at work
encourage Belonging for our youth. A place of
safety and community.
We teach Mastery so that our
young people learn to have mastery over themselves
as they gain mastery in situations and new skills.
We encourage Independence in
order for our young people to grow into young adults
who can make good decisions which impact well on
themselves and others
We model Generosity so that by
giving willingly to our youth, they will give to
others too and experience the pride of helping and
The Richmond Fellowship Youth Programs are guided in
everything, by 7 Guiding Principles. We aim to live
these principles in our everyday practice. They are:
It is not through our eyes but through the eyes of
the child that we see and learn more clearly what
they really feel and need.
We cannot see the young person without seeing their
family too. By building bonds of respect and
support, we can help rebuild trust and belonging
between the young person and their family
Trust relationships form the foundations for life.
Young people are hurt in relationship and are also,
healed in relationship. By modelling real and
respectful relationships with caring adults, young
people can learn and know how to develop them for
themselves in the future
In order to help one heal and grow, we must first
begin to understand the experience of the child and
young person. Instead of communicating, “What is
wrong with you?” We need to ask, “What happened to
We need to help each other learn and
grow within ones capabilities, remembering that
chronological and developmental age can be
different. We develop best when we are challenged
beyond our comfort zones while believing we have a
good chance of success.
Young people grow and develop within the context of
their friends, school mates, coaches and community.
This is vital for our young people who are displaced
from their own home environments.
The combination of skills, knowledge
and attitude is competence. We need to encourage
excellence of ourselves and give our young people
every available opportunity to not only ‘have a go’
but to excel and become great.
“There are two lasting bequests we can hope to give
our children: one is roots, the other, wings"
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