Plans to ex­pand sup­port and skills for youth at risk

Eastern Reporter - - News -

A BALLAJURA-BASED youth ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram wants to ex­pand from 15 stu­dents to 25 within the next year.

Youth Fu­tures of­fers ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port pro­grams aimed at pro­vid­ing home­less and other young peo­ple the sup­port and skills they need for a brighter fu­ture.

The char­ity launched its An­chor Point pro­gram at the Dun­geon Youth Cen­tre in Fe­bru­ary af­ter res­i­dents and schools ex­pressed the need for a more lo­cal lo­ca­tion.

The pro­gram is a com­mu­nity-based course (CBC) pro­vid­ing Cer­tifi­cates I and II in gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion for stu­dents aged 15 to 19.

“We iden­ti­fied that there was a gap in the pro­vi­sion of al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices avail­able for young peo­ple liv­ing in Ballajura and the sur­round­ing sub­urbs,” An­chor Point co-or­di­na­tor Aisha Barnard said.

“Over the last six months, we have grown steadily in stu­dent num­bers and are about to grad­u­ate our very first Ballajura stu­dents who have com­pleted Cer­tifi­cates I and II in gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion.”

Ms Barnard said her stu­dents en­joyed the pro­gram’s flex­i­bil­ity and sup­port to meet in­di­vid­ual needs.

“Stu­dents of­ten state they en­joy at­tend­ing be­cause of things like the holis­tic ap­proach we work from, smaller class size, the in­cor­po­ra­tion of real-life skills in their ed­u­ca­tion and the fo­cus we put on tran­si­tion to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion or em­ploy­ment,” she said.

Youth Fu­tures of­fer a bus ser­vice and are call­ing on any lo­cal busi­ness or in­di­vid­u­als that may have a safe space nearby to store the pro­gram’s van overnight and on week­ends.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://youth­fu­tureswa. org.au/an­chor­point.

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