Plans to expand support and skills for youth at risk
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.