Through every conversation started and every dollar raised, our community showed an overwhelming outpouring of support for Gold Coast Youth at Risk. 100% of all donations will go directly into keeping our programs running. Our rites of passage camps, creative arts, kitchen initiatives, sporting teams, pathways programs and driving school are the heart of our mission – They help transition our students from boys to thoughtful, responsible men.
Since it’s inception in 2019, the Capri on Via Roma 24-Hour Paddle has grown significantly, with teams enduring the mental and physical challenge of paddling around the Isle of Capri. The event aims to raise funds for the Men of Business Academy, which opened it’s doors in April 2020. The inaugural event in 2019 raised money for the academy, and subsequent paddles in 2020, 2021, and 2022 have contributed a total of over $624,000. This funding has allowed the academy to purchase school buses, establish an in-house driving school, and expand to a new location at 7 Nerang Street, Southport, providing greater opportunities for students.
The MOB Academy caters for boys in Years 11 & 12 who are looking for alternative learning to mainstream schooling. The MOB Academy promotes workforce and career focused education in addition to a formalised health and well-being program. With a streamlined program targeting the development of the key life skills of literacy, numeracy, health, resilience, commitment and respect, we give young men a strong position to ‘feel’ success through the achievement of the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and workplace emersion. Importantly, our young men receive extensive specialised and individualised support to address any barriers to learning and personal development that may hinder their success.
We hold ourselves accountable, dedicated to getting the formula for men’s education right. We are passionate to change and adapt our methods to properly meet the needs of our students who walk through our doors. We have had a huge impact in the 3.5 short years we have been open – but we are dedicating to more – that’s where you come in.
It is hard to articulate the gratitude we have for all of you – Whether you paddled in the thick of the night, purchased a raffle ticket or simply cheered us on from the sidelines…We couldn’t have done it without you.
At MOB Academy we insist on transparency and accountability for every funded event. What happens now that the Capri on Via Roma 24-Hour Paddle is wrapping up? To stay up to date with our building construction, programs and community events please sign up to our newsletter here and follow our social media.
At MOB Academy, our primary goal is to strengthen communities and eliminate barriers for our students, enabling them to become better friends, brothers, husbands, and fathers. We provide a nurturing environment where students can build confidence, discover their purpose, and align with a meaningful life. By emphasizing values such as respect, passion, ownership, gratitude, and family, we empower our students to become men of strong moral character. Through understanding, collaboration, and compromise, we cater to their individual and group needs. By imparting these essential skills, we equip our students with the confidence and knowledge to pursue their own paths to success beyond MOB Academy.
MOB Legacy is leaving the footprint of who we are on the Gold Coast community, supporting the running of our Academy and the future research and development of our model now and into the future.
Community fundraising helps keep our programs, rites of passage camps, excursions, kitchen, sporting teams and pathway programs alive. We have come so far, but we still have many adjustments and improvements to work through as this school is an ever-evolving jigsaw puzzle which we are dedicated to solving.
Due to the maintenance on the Salerno Street bridge over Backwater Creek in Surfers Paradise our route looks a little different this year! Please look at our new paddling circuit and how that may affect your home base. All paddlers are required to have a home base for our event – Homebases can either be on the route OR at Capri on Via Roma Shopping Centre. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to base your team from the centre.