Youth program takes high mark
HELPING STUDENTS TO RE-ENGAGE
WARNBO Community High School and the YMCA WA are finalists in the WA Youth Awards.
They are in contention for the Organisational Achievement Award – Large category honour.
In 2016, the school partnered with YMCA WA to develop Future Links, a pilot program designed to build capacity in young people who, due to social and emotional issues, had disengaged from the educational system and the community.
With a heavy focus on literacy and numeracy, individualised plans are developed to cover the educational, social, emotional and pastoral needs of the Future Links students.
The program is in its second year at Warnbro Community High School and the outcomes that have been achieved for the young people around attendance, positive engagement and positive behaviour have been remarkable.
There was a 15 per cent improvement in school attendance in a group of 10 students over a twoyear period – almost a day per week – and suspensions were reduced from 41 in the year before the program to just two in 2017.
The WA Youth Awards showcase the achievements and contributions of young Western Australians aged 12 to 25, as well as organisations that work with and support WA youth.
Youth Minister Peter Tinley said the calibre of finalists was outstanding.
The winners will be announced at the State Theatre Centre on October 12.
Brooke Draper, from the YMCA, and Warnbro Community High School principal Kya Graves.