Australian Why Try? Facilitators

“Of the 200 or so students who have gone through the Why Try? program, fewer than 10% have re-offended and been suspended again.”

Trevor Ethell, Head Teacher
Riverina School Suspension Centre, Griffith, NSW.

USA Research Summary

Why Try? resonates with youth of all learning styles: visual, auditory and body-kinesthetic. Over 3 million students impacted.

The Why Try program:

** is a multi-sensory Evidence-Based Program
** its Curriculum is Research-Informed
** fosters Relationships, Relevance and Resilience

Fred L,: Past-Governor,
Rotary District 9700 & ex-Police Officer.

“One dollar spent proactively is worth more than one thousand dollars spent reactively. There is no better way forward for Rotary Clubs than to support the Why Try program. Quite simply will make a difference.”

“Why Try ? is the best pre-court diversion program I have come across in 22 years of involvement with youth crime prevention programs as a Police Officer.”

​“Why Try can attract young people off the streets and away from the juvenile courts. Why Try hit the spot with me when I attended the Why Try Facilitators Certification Training. Why Try teaches young people to be accountable and responsible for their actions.”

“The Why Try program embarks youth on a journey of emotional intelligence. I believe many young people who enter the Juvenile Justice system would not be there if they had the opportunity to be exposed to the Why Try program.”

John S.: Past-President
Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga,

“The Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga was introduced to the Why Try program. We have been so impressed that we got right behind it. 

“I have a grandson whom David Yap was working with on a one-to-one basis. What I have seen the program do for him is quite remarkable.”

“I hope that all other clubs throughout Australia will give Why Try their full support, as it is a wonderful program.”

Trevor White, Past-New Generations Director and Past-President,
Rotary Club of Balwyn, Melbourne.

“Why Try has the potential to become the most widely and nationally supported program of its kind. The Balwyn Rotary Club of Rotary District 9800 was the pioneering sponsor to the Why Try Demonstration Schools pilot project in Melbourne, Victoria.”

Canberra Men’s Centre,

“Why Try’s multi-sensory strength-based approach, using cognitive behavioural and solution-focused strategies, represents what is currently considered to be best practice in the community services sector.”

Antoinette L.: Student Welfare Counselor,
Mill Park Secondary College, Melbourne.

“Our students found Why Try rewarding. Some of the visual analogies, like Climbing Out of the Pot and the Defence Mechanism stuck in the students’ minds. 100% of the students reported they felt Why Try would change their behavior both at school and at home. Most students felt Why Try gave them a sense of purpose.”

David L.: Student Welfare Teacher (Psychologist),
Frankston High School, Victoria.

“The feedback we have received from students has been extremely positive. They found that it is a program they can relate to, in that there are so many approaches, being a multi-sensory program with music and experiential activities. Why Try seemed to have engaged all the students. Each of them being able to relate to one of the different visual analogies or one of the songs, or the activities. Each of the students have found that they have benefited in some way, whether it be in regard to their academic ability, their interaction with their peer group or in their family life or just in their daily general approach to life.”

Rev. Cynthia P: Chaplain Kew High School, Melbourne:

“I just want to say how much our students love Why Try. I t is as if it were the highlight of their week. They would come up in the corridor to ask “Miss, when is Why Try?” and when we said it was the last session they were really disappointed. Why Try’s been a great program. Why Try was a great mechanism to facilitate the students talking to us and with each other about issues like peer pressure, family, and things about resilience. We are very grateful for Why Try and the way it has built up our welfare team.”

J.H.: Student Welfare Teacher,
Brighton Secondary College, Melbourne:

“I have been a Why Try Facilitator with a group of Year 8 students. I found it a terrific program for the students, giving them a real opportunity to be able to share their feelings and be heard, which I think for a lot of them was the first time they were able to. Why Try also gave them some terrific strategies to use in their day to day lives.”

J.V.: Teacher, Brighton Secondary College, Melbourne:

“I trialed Why Try with a group of Year 8 students. The program was terrific because it facilitated real dialogue to happen within a class of teenagers and for once as a teacher we were armed with resources to help kids actually come to some solutions to their problems together. We were not just saying, oh dear what do we do with this. We had a whole folder of resources and songs aimed at teenagers, perfect for Year 8 students, as they were able to relate to some of the things they were able to do to make a difference to their lives.”

Judith S.: Copperfield College,
School Psychologist:

“We trialed Why Try this year with Year 11 students and a couple of younger ones and found it a promising program, especially for students who were at risk of dropping out and with ADHD presentations. Because Why Try is multi-sensory it really engages these students as they look to see how they can be self-directed rather than being other-directed in their lives.”

Trevor Ethell.

“I am Head Teacher Welfare at the Riverina Suspension Centre in Griffith NSW. Suspension centres were set up to cater for students who are long suspended in the NSW education system. Long suspension is from 5 to 20 days, includes suspension for:

** Physical violence
** Persistent misbehaviour
** Possession of a weapon
** Use of an implement as a weapon
** Use or possession of illegal substance
** Criminal behaviour”

“At the time of setting up the suspension centre, I had just finished the training program for Why Try? and had trialled it with a group of students at my previous school. Due to the success of this trial, I determined to use Why Try? as the base program for behaviour modification for my clients in the suspension centre.”

“The centre operates from 10am till 1.30pm every day. The first two hours we work through one of the Why Try? sessions. It would be possible to go through each session in 10 to 15 minutes, but the sessions provide a very useful tool for talking through lots of issues with the students and we normally take about two hours per session. It’s all about getting the kids to talk.”

“I am a fully qualified professional counsellor and I appreciate the way that Why Try? incorporates both Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT), being the two therapies that suit me most from the range available.
“It does not, however, require someone trained in counselling to successfully use the Why Try? program, as everything is on the screen via a PowerPoint presentation. What is important to remember is that the questions on the screen are just the beginning of the conversation: anyone who has any affinity with teenagers will be able to pursue issues as the students raise them. In other words, use the questions to stimulate discussion and then follow the students’ lead. Sometimes two hours can pass without us even noticing.“

“Now, for the good news: of the 200 or so students who have gone through the Why Try? program, fewer than 10% have re-offended and been suspended again.”

“I believe that the use of the Why Try? program is largely instrumental in achieving this result. It does need skill and a sympathetic approach as well as some imagination, but if used intelligently I believe anyone can use it as a tool to connect with teenagers, even those who have been suspended for the behaviours listed.”

Multisensory / Experiential Learning Activities

Practise Teaching Back : Werribee Secondary College, Vic

Self-Regulation Wins

Lift the Weights – Counsellor having fun

United Effort Achieves More

Project Management & Foresight

Spatial Intelligence & Teamwork