VIDEO: KYLE'S STORY
Kyle, a professional basketballer, didn't want to coach kids. Listen to this short grab about what happened for him as part of 12 Buckets.
VIDEO: Jon's Story
Meet a 12 Buckets legend... Jon. A hobbyist photographer and agricultural guru, Jon is bringing life change to one our young 12 Bucketeers! Enjoy hearing him throw down the challenge to the blokes out there!
VIDEO: STEPHEN'S STORY
Stephen is a fantastic example of what happens when workplaces enable their staff to volunteer!
VIDEO: Allannah's Story
Allannah gives us a brief window into her experience of mentoring with 12 Buckets! [Duration: 30 secs]
ARTICLE: Michelle's Story
The day my life changed
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In March 2013, I was reading the Saturday paper and came across an interesting article about 12 Buckets and their association with the Stirling Senators. The article gave a brief insight into the contribution that 12 Buckets makes into a few schools in the northern suburbs and the support that they provide to students who encounter challenges on a day to day basis. The article detailed how mentors work with students on a one to one basis, once a week, in an effort to guide and develop strategies with the students to assist them with overcoming obstacles that they may be experiencing. Furthermore the article detailed how 12 Buckets were seeking expressions of interest from people interested in joining their program to mentor students.
That was the day my life changed...for the better!
I quickly filled out my application and then met with Travis, where we chatted about my brief experiences with volunteering and his vision for 12 Buckets. The students are the champions of the program. Travis’ passion for 12 Buckets was evident from our very first meeting, his commitment unwavering and I was (and still am!) excited by his vision for 12 Buckets Inc. I wanted to be a part of this!
Soon after our initial meeting I was paired with a student to work with her to develop some strategies to assist with a few obstacles that she was facing. After an initial apprehension we spent the first couple of weeks talking, sharing our dislikes and likes, favourite memories, getting to know each other, building trust and sharing croissants. During our conversations we worked together to develop a module that she could complete whilst working with the 12 Buckets Program. We decided on painting, she was a talented artist with some wonderful stories that she could transpose into her paintings. Whilst painting we would talk about the stories behind her paintings, her cultural beliefs and ancestory and the colours she used and what they represented. We would talk about strategies that she could use when faced with challenges and positive responses. Over time some of these strategies were adopted and I gained a much greater appreciation and understanding of her culture, we laughed, we smiled and we shared croissants.
Since initially joining 12 Buckets I have worked with a few students, each of them brings something different to the table. Students in their own individual and special way have enlightened my life. When I initially commenced volunteering with 12 Buckets I was focused on the contribution that I could make to these students, how I could assist and work with them and how my experiences could be imparted on them. I underestimated the impact the students would have on me, how their experiences have been imparted on me and the contribution that they have made to my life. The favourite day of my week is the day that I work with the students from 12 Buckets and I look forward to sharing many more experiences with the fantastic students and support team at 12 Buckets.