Jodie Forster Youth Worker at Sister School Arcadia College, has been announced a finalist for the Harvey Norman Gold Coast Women of the Year award.
Jodie was one of a handful of Youth Workers who started the Pilot Programme – Arcadia College. The program started in a small room in Palm Beach. Youth workers would provide programmes ranging from life skills to social activities. This was in conjunction with the Elanora Police Beat, who were at a loss with how to deal with the increasing numbers of the disengaged youth.
The program grew with a lot of personal sacrifice by the youth workers involved. At one time the program ran out of money and the youth workers offered to work without a salary until funding came through. Jodie is passionate about social emotional wellbeing of young people and she believes that an education coupled with nurturing is the key to success. From these humble beginnings in a small rented space at Palm Beach to what is now a state of the art purpose-built school, known as Arcadia College.
Jodie is now one of twenty-one finalists for the Harvey Norman Gold Coast Women of the year. The winner will be announced on Friday 16th July at the Star Gold Coast. We couldn’t think of a better nominee to represent Arcadia College.
We wish you all the best Jodie!