Posted on Oct 05, 2017
True Blue Dreaming,,  is committed to supporting and strengthening young lives in rural and remote communities.
Bruce Rock mentors and mentees at Woodman point camp
It is a youth and community development mentoring program engaging young people aged 12-18 in rural and remote Australia. Their programs have been successfully delivered in the Wheatbelt, Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia since 2004. True Blue Dreaming Inc. is a registered not for profit charity.
Applecross Rotary donated $10,000 to True Blue Dreaming Inc in the 2016-17 Rotary year to support ongoing mentoring programs in the WA wheatbelt towns of Bruce Rock and Wyalkatchem. These programs provide one on one mentoring of young secondary school students in these towns by University students, mostly from Perth, to expand the students educational and aspirational horizons. The funding covered some of the costs of mentors travel to the towns and of mentees visits to Perth institutions. These are established programs with strong anecdotal evidence of the benefits to the mentees. The programs are strongly supported by the mentees schools.
The mentors typically are University students often from a rural background. The mentoring programs are based on a 12-month contract between participants. Mentoring has been shown to raise school attendance and completion, support transition from school to further training and employment and to help young people to feel better connected to their school and their peers and generally raise their self-esteem.
In 2017-18 Applecross Rotary has again committed $10,000 to the mentoring programs run by True Blue Dreaming for Primary/secondary school children at Bruce Rock and Wyalkatchem to widen the aspirations and provide a mentor for country children who may not have the exposure to opportunities and role models that city children enjoy. In addition to regular communication between mentors and mentees there was a weekend for mentors and mentees at Wyalkatchem on Saturday 2nd September and Sunday 3rd September where mentors and mentees enjoyed a visit to the Koorda show together on the Saturday and a picnic at Yorkrakine Rock on the Sunday. Bruce Rock mentees travelled down to Woodman Point Recreation Camp on Monday 4th September for a week of Perth based activities which included several opportunities to meet with their mentors.  John Kelly represented the Applecross Club at these functions.



Some Wyalkatchem mentors and mentees at Wyalkatchem

From the True Blue Dreaming Annual Report 2017
Coordinators - Janine Dayman, Karen Strange (Bruce Rock DHS), Michael Morton (Notre Dame) Supported by Applecross Rotary
Coordinators - Jan Trenorden (Wyalkatchem), Jack Kalotas (St Georges College)  Supported by Applecross Rotary