What we do

We are different. 

The Contender is a unique organisation fulfilling service gaps for young people, engaging those that need it most in Secondary Schools, Primary Schools community organisations, youth justice, child protection and support services.

We provide workshops, individual 'at school' mentoring and support, professional development for teachers, support workers, and carers. 

Our delivery celebrates the reality that each of us has a unique story.  We see the value in mistakes and cherish the learnings. We recognise success and promote alternatives to negative patterns, the 'way things are', or 'always have been'.

At the heart of The Contender , our true point of difference are the incredible facilitators who tap into real-world lived experience and a deep well of empathy, guiding participants on a 'real deal' discovery of social learning and personal growth. 

Why we do it

We believe in young people. 

Every young person regardless of circumstance deserves to feel worthy of love, success, and happiness.

The reality is that many young people struggle to recognise a future for themselves, overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenges they face. Many accept 'the way things are', or 'always have been', feeling trapped in cycles of negative thought and behavior.

By providing the tools to navigate the complex challenges young people experience we are empowering positive change, driving a new pro-social culture amongst youth and reframing perspective. 

The Contender is a roadmap to navigate the journey into adulthood, where mistakes are cherished and experiential life lessons are a precious gift.