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New project commits to giving youth fair go

Eight organisations have signed up to be partners in the Kyabram Youth Partnerships Project.

November 28, 2012 4:59am

Kyabram Youth Partnerships Project members have committed to improving engagement in education and training and reduce the escalation of problems faced by young people.


Partners in a new local project committed to giving young people a fair go marked a significant milestone last week.

Eight partners of Kyabram Youth Partnerships Project, consisting local education providers, youth service organisations and the Campaspe Shire Council signed a memorandum of understanding to seal their commitment to improving engagement in education and training and reducing the escalation of problems faced by young people.

The project is a Victorian Government initiative.

The partners are Kyabram P-12 College, St Augustine’s College, Kyabram Community and Learning Centre, Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network, Campaspe Cohuna Youth Connections, Campaspe Shire Council, Echuca Specialist School and Campaspe Primary Care Partnerships.

Other agencies involved include Victoria Police, Centrelink, Kyabram and District Health Services, Haven, Family Services, St Luke’s Anglicare and Sureway Employment and Training.

‘‘Some of our local young people face barriers to stay in or re-engage with school or training,’’ Kyabram Youth Partnerships co-ordinator Cheryl Sweeney said.

‘‘There are many factors that impact on a young person’s life — bullying, learning difficulties, moving towns, changes in family dynamics, drug and alcohol abuse, violence in the home, mental and physical sickness.’’

Mrs Sweeney said research has shown that early school leavers are two-and-a-half times more likely to be unemployed, earn lower wages and have poorer quality of life.

Mrs Sweeney said the Kyabram Youth Partnerships team had been consulting with young people in Kyabram and district to find out what they want, what they need, what they have, what they don’t have and how they can access youth services.

‘‘By listening to young people’s opinions, we are discovering better ways to provide co-ordinated youth services and different learning opportunities,’’ she said.

Youth Partnerships project has two main objectives: a ‘no wrong door’ service delivery where young people can find the most appropriate assistance, can tell their story once and receive holistic support and access to the services they need; and offering individualised flexible learning options that are tailored to the interests, strengths and aspirations of each young person.

‘‘We are hoping to engage the community of Kyabram in achieving these objectives,’’ Mrs Sweeney said.

Individuals or community groups who think they may be able to contribute in some way, such as providing work experience, mentoring a young person, providing funding for a project or having youth involved in their organisation or an activity, can contact Cheryl Sweeney via email at youthpartnerships@kyabram.com or phone 0400896295.

For more information, visit the Youth Partnerships website at www.youthpartnerships.vic.gov.au

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