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YOU CAN DO IT program

​Ricky Resilience, Pete Persistence, Oscar Organisation, Gabby Get-along & Connie Confidence


Samford State School is a „You Can Do It‟ school. The You Can Do It program was developed in Australia, at the University of Melbourne, by American psychologist, Professor Michael Bernard, it has been used extensively in the US, the UK, and across Australia, including many schools in and around Brisbane.

It is a program with the goal of fostering the social and emotional development of children, assisting them to develop to their full potential. Within a common theme of developing RESILIENCE, the program focuses on the five key foundations of CONFIDENCE, PERSISTENCE, ORGANISATION, GETTING ALONG and EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE. Positive Habits of the Mind provide the "nuts and bolts‟ that support these foundations. A program such as this becomes all the more successful when it is embraced by as many as possible in the student's world.


The YOU CAN DO IT handbook (PDF, 557 KB) is available for parents to download.

It provides some great guidelines for parents on how to incorporate the YCDI principles in the home environment.

Samford State School - a YOU CAN DO IT school!