Learn­ing to suc­ceed

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

EDUCATION is a real driver of change and it is the key to break­ing the cy­cle of dis­ad­van­tage among young peo­ple. This year, we’re hop­ing to give 185 young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to reach their full po­ten­tial. In our ex­pe­ri­ence, when chil­dren are born into dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies they are much more likely to ex­pe­ri­ence dis­ad­van­tage them­selves and th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences are passed on to their chil­dren. It’s a cy­cle that I’ve ded­i­cated my life to break­ing. I’ve seen first-hand the value of education and how it can help trans­form young peo­ple’s lives, break­ing the cy­cle of dis­ad­van­tage. That is why Youth Off The Streets in­vests so heav­ily in the skills, ca­pa­bil­i­ties and self-con­fi­dence of young peo­ple through education. Cur­rently, we have four in­de­pen­dent, ac­cred­ited high schools pro­vid­ing 162 young peo­ple with the op­por­tu­nity to reach their full po­ten­tial. We have de­vel­oped our schools with an un­der­stand­ing that main­stream education is not a good fit for all young peo­ple. Some re­quire a more in­di­vid­u­alised and flex­i­ble ap­proach to their learn­ing which is cen­tred on a young per­son’s in­ter­ests and skills. We’ve also re­cently launched the Na­tional Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram for 2016. Over the com­ing months we’re ask­ing stu­dents in need of sup­port to ap­ply. It’s for young peo­ple aged 16 to 21. We’re able to pro­vide 22 schol­ar­ships that will help young peo­ple achieve their dream. Our schools and Na­tional Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram have a com­mon goal: to build on each young per­son’s strengths. As a re­sult, 185 young peo­ple will be one step closer to build­ing a ful­fill­ing fu­ture. For more in­for­ma­tion or to of­fer help, phone 02 9330 3500 or visit our web­site: youthoffthestreets.com.au.

Father Chris Ri­ley

CEO and founder Youth Off The Streets

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