Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP)

KCYP is a 14 month life skills program for 15-17 year olds, affectionately known as our ‘Kokoda Kids’, who come from all walks of life and every segment of society. We passionately believe there is no difference between those who are expected to fail and those who are expected to achieve – except for opportunity and the right support.

"The one thing that every ‘Kokoda Kid’ has in common is that they are seeking a sense of purpose and direction," says Doug Henderson.

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A 14 MONTH COMMITMENT

KCYP differs from other programs because it’s long-term. The 14 month commitment includes physical training and mentoring in preparation for Papua New Guinea, where they visit the Northern Beaches or trek the Kokoda Track, both significant battle sites in WWII. It is a physical, mental and cultural journey of a lifetime, followed by a period of community service to learn the value of giving back. The extended time frame allows for opportunities to learn, make choices, form life long bonds, fail and flourish. Strict attendance and disciplinary standards, physical conditioning and social service leads to discovery and fulfilment.

WHAT KCYP INVOLVES

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DOING WHAT YOU THOUGHT IMPOSSIBLE

20 weeks of Sunday bushwalks, mid-week training sessions, two-day overnight camp and participation in the 96km Kokoda Challenge.

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CREATING LIFELONG BONDS

Regular activities which encourage team work, cooperation and leadership skills, going beyond your comfort zone with likeminded people to make lifelong friends.

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EXPERIENCING HISTORY AND CULTURE

A funded trip to Papua New Guinea to trek the Kokoda Track or visit Local Villages, emersing yourself within education on the Kokoda campaign and honouring our Australian veterans.

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GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY

10 months of community service to learn the value of giving back, the true meaning of sacrifice and a chance to give back to those who make this program possible. 

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DISCOVERING YOUR POTENTIAL

Discovering a sense of purpose, forming life skills of responsibility and reliability, developing confidence and learning that you are capable of extraordinary things in the face of difficulty. 

ARE YOU THE NEXT KOKODA KID?

Applications are now open for our 2019 Kokoda Challenge Youth Program. The new intake of Kokoda Kids will be announced at the start of April 2019 with the program commencing in May 2019. For more information, please contact our Youth Manager Dann on dann@kyf.org.au or call us on (07) 5539 4141. KCYP branches can be found in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan & Tweed Heads. To be eligible to apply, applicants must be 16 before or 18 after 30th June 2019.

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