WE EXIST TO IMPACT YOUNG PEOPLE

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A PROVEN IMPACT

Since 2014, Burn Bright has worked with over 77,000 students.  Our programs develop students’ psychological strength and increase their wellbeing. We know this from the scientific theories we build and develop our programs on, and the impact we see in the students we work with. After working with Burn Bright, students show an increase in overall happiness, feel an ownership of their leadership, grow in resilience, and have an increase in PERMA- the five core elements of psychological wellbeing and happiness. We pride ourselves on having the stats to prove it – take a look below.

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WE WORK CLOSELY WITH THE TEACHERS WE PARTNER WITH

We are a trusted partner with schools and parents. We partner with the teachers we work with, providing tailored programs and content to meet the specific and unique situations of different schools and students. Throughout our delivery process, we are in close contact to understand these needs, then to create a program specifically tailored with every partner.

During our digital programs, teachers have access to a digital dashboard which gives them information and access to their students’ progress. After our programs, we always collect feedback in order to continue to grow and improve our delivery.

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AFTER WORKING WITH BURN BRIGHT STUDENTS SHOW

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Increase in Happiness

Students were asked how happy they usually feel.

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Increase in Leadership

Leadership refers to our ability to direct our actions and influence others towards a future vision. Students were asked to what extent they connect with the phrase “I feel that I am a leader”.

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Increase in Resilience

Resilience is a key predictor of future life success. Students were asked three resilience questions asking whether they bounce back quickly, if they come through difficult times with little trouble, and how long it takes to recover from stressful events.

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Increase in PERMA

The PERMA model was designed by Martin Seligman with five core elements of psychological well-being and happiness; Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Achievement. The reported PERMA score totals students responses about all five elements.

Domain Mental Health

Students were asked about the satisfaction on various life domains in order to put wellbeing into context. This data is after students had worked with Burn Bright. These are averages on a scale out of 100% after students have worked with Burn Bright.

Friendship and Social Life 91%
Education 91%
Fun and Leisure 87%
Physical Health 87%

STUDENT HAPPINESS LEVELS BY YEAR GROUP

Burn Bright measures the happiness levels across year groups. The students responded to a question ‘I usually come through difficult times with little trouble. These are averages on a scale out of 100% after students have worked with Burn Bright.

Year 7 90%
Year 8 83%
Year 9 81%
Year 10 77%
Year 11 84%
Year 12 78%

OUR 5-STEP IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS

GET IN TOUCH

Contact Burn Bright and let’s select a program type and discuss specific needs for your school.

TAILORED PROPOSAL

Burn Bright sends out a tailored program proposal and quote.

WE DEVELOP THE PROGRAM

Upon receipt of confirmed proposal Burn Bright develops your tailored program.

BURN BRIGHT DELIVERS PROGRAM

Our dynamic and vibrant facilitation team comes to your school and delivers the program.

PROGRAM FOLLOW UP

Burn Bright manages follow up resources for your school to continue the program effectiveness and help your students to continue to grow.

BURN BRIGHT'S THEORY OF CHANGE

An Overview

Burn Bright exists to promote the prevention of mental illness, specifically anxiety and depression, we exist to help young people to look after their mental health and wellbeing in a proactive and preventative way.  We do this through using a range of positive evidence-based strategies that help young people to take charge of their lives.

Burn Bright’s program development and delivery are based upon our theory of change. Our theory of change is an evidence-based plan that focuses on a young person’s psychological growth and development.

Our leadership programs specifically target psychological wellbeing and prosocial behaviour. To empower young people through leadership strategies, to enable peer to peer support for others and promote strategies for mental ill-health prevention within their schools and communities.

  • Mental Health in Australia

    We believe in a mentally healthy Australia! That takes a proactive approach to our mental health.

  • Risk and Protective Factors

    Burn Bright targets specific risk and protective factors of anxiety and depression.

  • Mission and Vision

    Burn Bright's specific vision and mission.

  • Program Development

    Our programs are underpinned and developed using a specific evidence base.

  • Program Delivery

    Our programs are delivered in a certain way because thats what the evidence tells us works best!

Why Burn Bright?

So why Burn Bright? We know we aren’t the only organisation out there working with young people and schools. We want you to find the organisation that suits the needs for you, your school and your students.

Since 2014, we have delivered to over 77,000 students across 300 schools nationwide through programs, leadership camps and community  partnerships.

We are student leadership and wellbeing specialists who work with students from Year 5 to Year 12 in a collaborative, fun and inclusive team culture. This brings about positive behavioural change, a shift in mindset and personal wellbeing, allowing students to make informed choices and decisions.

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I found Burn Bright in the midst of studying civil engineering at the University of Wollongong, just as I wanted a richer, deeper, more full experience of life.

Through Burn Bright, I have met many students and volunteers who are all seeking to find their place in the world. When we come together at NLC or SLC, no matter our age, we begin on the same page, of wanting to do good for ourselves, our community, and the world. And then we are thrown into a program that brings us closer to each other, our purpose, and how to bring forth this impact. It’s like having your cake and eating it too.

Volunteering with Burn Bright stoked a fire in me – It helped me feel comfortable in myself and made me realise life isn’t just about work, study, or productivity, but our relationships and how we connect with others along the way.

I have learned skills in videography, worked for a top-tier corporation in marketing, and most recently published a book called “18 and lost? So were we” 

I have a passion for storytelling, bring loads of energy wherever I go, and am dedicated to helping young people move through the initiation of leaving high school and going into the ‘real world’. 

The best part for me is being able to stay connected to the latest generation growing through high school. To see them grow, expand and express more of themselves is like watching an artwork paint itself. It’s magic.

I am Simon Thurston, a Kiwi based in Perth. I work as an Instructional Designer and in my spare time I enjoy reading, running, and board games.

Since my initial connection to Burn Bright I have been onboard with their mission. Burn Bright’s focus on building the capabilities enables students of all ages to see how they can shape their world through connections with others and their own self discovery.

Seeing others grow, learn, and open up is what keeps me coming back, to help others realise their potential and how they can influence their future and their community is a definite highlight. It’s infectious, the atmosphere when they run a program or camp is welcoming, exciting, emotional, and rewarding all in one.

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Hi, friends! I’m Kelsie, a psychologist from central QLD working in private practice. I got involved with Burn Bright officially in 2016, but the journey started long before that. I attended the National Leadership Camp (now hosted annually by Burn Bright) in 2009. It had such a profound impact on me that I returned as a mentor and volunteer. Those connections ultimately lead me to joining the Burn Bright team as an adult.

When I transitioned from facilitating with the Burn Bright team to working as a psychologist, I was so grateful for an incredible foundation of skills (particularly facilitation, communication and interpersonal skills) along with a strong grounding in positive psychology that Burn Bright integrates into their ethos.

I can’t imagine my life without volunteering for Burn Bright. I have met some of my dearest friends through the Burn Bright crew. I’ve found that volunteering for BB is rewarding, humbling, and often brings as much personal growth for the volunteer as it does for the young person.

From a professional perspective, I love that Burn Bright programs/camps support the adolescent individuation process by providing an exciting and supportive environment for teens to explore their own sense of self, personality, identify and values alongside other young people.

Imagine this POV: you’re back at school wanting to figure everything out and fit in – and you find
yourself in a room with amazing music that uplifts you and hooks you in. You meet the team of
dynamic, interesting, caring facilitators whose own friendships inspire you. Their facilitation skills bring about amazing light-bulb moments and lessons that light a fire inside you… It makes me want to feel that for myself again. The next best thing, for me, is volunteering for the team who passes that on to other young people.

My start at Burn Bright is one of the best cases of one door closing and another door opening. After losing my job at a local pub while on uni holidays, I started looking for new opportunities that were different and decided to volunteer. Searching for opportunities, I found working bees, community driving and nursing home visits, but the chance to become a National Leadership Camp intern stood out. Over nearly six months, I worked with the team to pull off Burn Bright’s first National Leadership Camp, and had an absolute blast in the process. After camp, I started working for Burn Bright while studying, doing anything and everything — data analysis, hiring strategy and even picking up furniture.

Finishing up working for Burn Bright in 2019, I am still actively involved with the Burn Bright volunteer community. I’ve found that the emphasis placed on investing in your relationships, understanding your values and making an impact allow you to be accepted for you. This has given me the tools needed to make the difficult decisions that life will inevitably throw at you. Besides all that, I’ve had a ton of fun and formed life-long friendships with people I may have never crossed paths with otherwise. “Get involved — you’ll change your life for the better and make life‑long friends in the process”.

I am a health science student from Perth wanting to get into the mental health realm of occupational therapy. In the meantime, I work as a barista and supervisor at a beachside café. In my spare time, I love to play netball, be around my friends and I have just gotten into crocheting. I went to Perth College where I was lucky enough to go to the first Perth College Leadership Camp in 2018 as a student and absolutely loved it. What really drew me in was the atmosphere that was created, the open conversations, and the lasting relationships formed.

Since then I have been a mentor for the Perth College Leadership Camp in 2019, 2020, and 2021 and had the opportunity to go to the National Leadership Camp in 2019. When Burn Bright comes to Perth I also love helping out at their programs as much as I can.

Volunteering for Burn Bright has given me so much that I could never have imagined. I have learned so much about myself and I have so much more confidence in myself and my abilities that I know I wouldn’t have had if I wasn’t exposed to the amazing opportunities volunteering for Burn Bright has given me. Before being involved I would never have seen myself being a mentor, role model, and facilitator to students, but now I can confidently say that I am, and I have made an impact on others that I am proud of. I have also made so many meaningful connections to so many amazing people from all around Australia through Burn Bright. I get asked quite a bit why I keep coming back to my old school to volunteer and it’s simply because I was given this amazing opportunity to be a part of the Burn Bright programs and if I can help facilitate that experience to someone else then why wouldn’t I?

I was born in Perth and moved to Sydney in my early 20’s to continue work as a youth worker and surfboard maker. This was followed by 30 years working in IT as a computer programmer.

Following retirement in 2016 I searched for an organisation that was aligned with my values of servant leadership and service, especially in the youth space. This search led to Burn Bright where I am now volunteering one day a week and mentoring at the National Leadership Camp. Volunteering with Burn Bright gives me a great deal of hope and confidence in the next generation of leaders. It is a pleasure to be a part of the Burn Bright family.

I have been married to Denise for 41 years and we both very much feel part of the Burn Bright team.

When not at Burn Bright you may find me running along Manly beach, riding my mountain bike or indulging in my passion for photography.

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Hi! I’m Rosie, a 20-something full-time public servant, part-time Tassie tourism advocate.

I am passionate about seeing young people succeed, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than watching them become the next generation of change-makers.

I have been a champion of the ethos and work of Burn Bright since its inception in 2014, and consider them to be the leading experts in their field. By delivering impactful leadership and wellbeing programs to students across Australia, they offer the knowledge, skills and engagement to invoke lasting positive change in school communities.

The Burn Bright team are dedicated, inclusive and values-driven, which is why I love working with them.