Satellite ProgramsOur programs provide safe space for children and families.

Young Leaders Program


The Young Leader Training Program offers unique opportunities for young people who have a parent with a mental illness to develop their leadership skills under the mentorship of a peer and Satellite Foundation. We work with groups of young people aged 16 to 25 to foster their leadership potential and specific skills such as public speaking, teamwork, conflict resolution, and group facilitation. The program is co-designed and co-facilitated by a graduate of the program. Alumni are supported to be involved as ambassadors, members of our Young Leaders Advisory Board, staff members, peer leaders, and speakers with Satellite.

Music and Songwriting Workshop


A free, three-day music, art, and songwriting holiday program where children and young people aged 11-14 explore their creativity in a supported environment. Facilitated by professional musicians, artists and Satellite staff, participants collaborate with one another to write and compose original songs, design album covers and create connections with one another.

Space 4 Siblings


Space4Siblings is a program providing adventure, fun, self-awareness and peer support for young people aged 12 to 18 who have a sibling with mental health challenges. Through fun, engaging and meaningful activities, participants have the opportunity to discuss and normalise their own experience in a safe and peer supported environment.

Mentoring


As the number of our trained young leaders grow, we are further developing our mentoring program where children aged 8 to 14 are matched with a trained young person. These mentoring relationships are fostered by Satellite staff and volunteers to provide positive role modeling and respite for the children and their family.

Connecting Activities


Throughout the year Satellite aims to offer a number of connecting activities i.e. picnics, movie nights, gatherings where young people of all ages can come together to discover new friendships, find peer support and have some fun in a completely supported environment.

Camps


Camps are co-led by our Young Leaders for participants who are given a break from their daily stressors, while sharing adventures, experiences and fun in a safe and accepting environment.

How we workLived experience and expertise with heart.


  • Peers

    Knowing what life is like with a mental illness requires a real, complex and deep understanding.

  • Connections

    Facilitating partnerships with a wide range of excellent organisations is just the beginning.

  • Expertise

    Delivering original and powerful tools through workshops while fostering confidence and agency.

VoicesWhat our participants have to say about their experience.

  • Andrea

    Young Leaders Program Graduate

    The program has helped me so much in terms of getting an insight into the impact of carers and family members for someone with mental illness and this helps me understand the carers of the clients I have. It also told me about the importance of self-care and being vulnerable for my everyday life.”

  • Laura

    Young Leaders Program Graduate

    I sometimes have to pinch myself in order to remember that this, this glorious combination of unconditional support and opportunities and people who see more in me than I’ve ever seen in myself, this is my life. I have made new (and likely lifelong) friendships since taking part in Satellite’s Young Leader program, and words cannot express how grateful I am.

 

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