Quarter Four Update
CEO Update: Looking back to move forward
Like most of 2020, the last quarter has been a practice in resilience for us all at batyr and taking the time to admire what we’ve been able to achieve despite the challenges. We’re proud to have reached more than 13,600 young people through our school and university programs in the last quarter and amazed by the amount of support we continue to get from the community, including the response to our first, ever virtual Blue Tie Ball event. We also celebrated reaching the next major milestone of our digital storytelling platform as we move closer to the official launch date in 2021. This quarter has allowed us to look back on the bold decisions we made this year to ride the ongoing uncertainty and to either tweak or, in some cases, double down on these choices. Because, ultimately, a new year doesn’t mean an automatic reset switch, and there will no doubt be more obstacles to face in 2021. Balance will be key to maintaining the positive momentum we’ve achieved and we’re looking forward to taking you on the journey.
Soft launch for our FIRST, EVER digital storytelling platform
After 18 months of working on the design and development of our brand new digital storytelling platform, we launched the beta version to 50 young people to test and provide us with feedback. We are excited to increase our reach and ability to engage, educate, and empower young people using the power of peer-to-peer storytelling. We’ve started by building for Apple iOS phones and we’ll be developing it for Android in the new year. Our baby is growing up so fast (*happy tears). All this before our official launch in 2021!
‘Blue Tie Ball: Virtual Homecoming’ raised over $83,000 Inspired by the impact that our virtual running festival had in August, we made the ambitious decision to run our very first virtual Blue Tie Ball event. Streaming live from the ICC in Sydney, frocked-up supporters tuned in from their homes around Australia and raised an incredible $83,748, allowing us to reach 3,350 young people across Australia with stories of hope and resilience, helping them and their communities know that mental health matters.
Western Sydney MP goes into bat for Being Herd Pathways
After learning about the support young people in Western Sydney have been gaining to seek employment and education opportunities through our Being Herd Pathways program, Ms Julie Owens MP, Federal Member for Parramatta, highlighted the impact of the program in the House of Representatives earlier last month.
“If you are looking for an organisation that really does work with young people where they are and prepare them for a life ahead it’s an organisation called batyr,” Ms Owens said.
“The program has a 59% success rate in getting young people into training or employment – what an extraordinary result.”
“I really urge the Government to consider how they might keep funding this program.”
This statement is one of the five statements made in Federal and NSW Parliament in the last two months in support of batyr and the Being Herd Pathways program!
We kicked off the Theory of Change project
We began work with the Centre for Social Impact to formalise a Theory of Change methodology for batyr. A theory behind how batyr is making change or having impact in the world.
Three workshops were conducted with the batyr team to explore our path to impact, or how the work we do with young people has outcomes for them, and how that has long-term impact for the communities we work in. This project will be completed in February and will give us a clearly defined framework for measuring and communicating our impact. A big win from this project is that it will help to better position batyr as a leader in evidence-driven youth mental health education.
More action in the media
batyr’s total media exposure increased by 40% (quarter on quarter), spurred on largely by The Daily Telegraph’s (Newscorp) ‘Can we talk’ campaign. It was an opportunity for some of our lived experience speakers to join the conversation in the challenges faced by youth over 2020, and on other topics ranging from bullying, to growing up in a regional location.
Sydney speaker Tom Moiso talked about his positive experience with a school counsellor as part of an online story that had a whopping 10 million views. Empowering positive conversations on such a large scale – incredible!
The conversations that took place with journalists were truly refreshing – they wanted to work closely with batyr to tell stories of hope and resilience. This was amid the reporting of sobering mental health statistics, such as the high number of calls to Lifeline over the past few months and in relation to communities rocked by suicide clusters.
Partnership with Parkes Shire Council
batyr secured a partnership with Parkes Shire Council to design and implement their youth mental health strategy across the Shire in 2021.
To assist with the implementation of these activities batyr will also be delivering [email protected] programs and community engagement events. In this way, we’re able to promote positive mental health conversations locally, which we know is particularly effective in changing community attitudes towards mental health and increasing the number of young people reaching out for help.
Program and workshops delivered
On top of all of the above!
- We launched our first ever batyr Christmas appeal to remind communities around Australia to band together and look out for the wellbeing of our young people during the holiday season.
- Our program for young people hospitalised for mental ill-health, ‘batyr2peer’, was named one of 12 finalists from over 950 applicants in the St George Kick Start program. ‘batyr2peer’ was also named as a finalist to speak at TEDxSydney Online.
- The Flourish Arbonne Foundation has chosen batyr as their strategic partner in Australia in their mission to build resilience in the minds of future generations.
- batyr has partnered with nib foundation to improve the mental wellbeing of international students in Australia. The $110,000 grant from the foundation was part of nib foundation’s COVID-19 response and recovery initiative (focused on mental health support), and is allowing batyr to deliver [email protected] programs to international students and the student communities that surround them.
- batyr received a grant from the Australian Communities Foundation as part of their ‘National Crisis Response Fund: COVID19’, awarded to support batyr to deliver school programs in South Australia and Australian Capital Territory based on community needs.
- We celebrated 5 years of partnership with our mates at Calibre & Diona. They have supported batyr through fundraising, sponsorship, volunteering and in-kind support generating $1,000,000 of support for youth mental health.
THANK YOU! We would like to acknowledge all our supporters for their continuing support, we could not do it without you.