The Trek 2 Konnect program is a locally based youth leadership development project. Victoria Police run and administer the program with the assistance of local service clubs; including Rotary. The program was first run in 2014.
The participants are nominated by their schools or by local community groups. On this occasion twenty one young people have been selected to take part in the program. The selected youth represent a diverse community with many nationalities represented including some from Pacific Islander and African communities. Their ages range from fourteen to twenty one. Seven Police will accompany the youth
The fourteen week program culminates in the participants walking the Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea.
This physically demanding trek requires training and participants will train as a team every week for the fourteen weeks leading into the Kokoda trek. Throughout the program a range of guest speakers will talk to the group on aspects of leadership. The participants will reflect on these presentations by keeping a journal throughout the program.
The participants are also required to raise money for the Kokoda Track Foundation, a registered charity providing sustainable solutions in education, health and livelihoods for villagers living along the Kokoda Track. This aspect of the program will be driven by the participantâ€™s ingenuity and with the assistance of local service clubs.
Importantly, the participants will also be tasked to identify and workshop solutions to issues that affect young people in the Western suburbs community, with a particular focus on building social cohesion.
Victoria Police are committed to ensuring that all community members feel safe, understood, respected and valued in their community. This program is seen as a key platform to building understanding with our rapidly growing community of young people.