Red Frogs sweetly steer youth to safety

Red Frog volunteers offer lollies, practical assistance and conversation to young people (Catholic Voice)

The Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese is harnessing the power of confectionery in its desire to connect with youth and young adults through a new partnership with chaplaincy support network Red Frogs Australia. Source: Catholic Voice.

Archdiocesan Pastoral and Mission Formation Coordinator Christian Nobleza said support for Red Frogs would include running pancake-shaker drives in parishes, recruiting teams of volunteers and raising awareness of Red Frogs’ work in guiding the next generation towards safer – and ideally more faith-based – life decisions.

Red Frogs, which grew out of a response to Schoolies Week on the Gold Coast nearly 25 years ago, helps young people safely negotiate a culture of alcohol and drugs. Its volunteers – or ‘Froggers’, as they are affectionately known – attend events such as music festivals and university orientation weeks, where young people gather to party. They offer Red Frog lollies, water and other practical assistance, along with comfort, company and conversation.

Red Frogs Marketing and Communications Manager Bek Gilchrist said the volunteers followed a “serve-and-connect model” of support.

Red Frogs Leader for the ACT Caleb Reid, who oversees about 55 Red Frogs volunteers, said the work was “a direct way of showing the next generation they are valued” and its gentle missionary nature lent itself to a “natural partnership” with the Archdiocese.

With young people returning to social life as restrictions ease, Mr Nobleza said partnering with Red Frogs was a key part of the Archdiocese’s strategy of creating community among young people and enabling them to make a difference in their own lives.

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Steering youth to safety with Red Frogs (By Fiona Van Der Plaat, Catholic Voice) 

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