Youth pro­gram takes high mark

HELP­ING STU­DENTS TO RE-EN­GAGE

Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

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.

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