Happy New Year everyone! As we move into 2016, let’s reflect on 2015, our Education Services have helped the young people fight the many obstacles they face on a daily basis to further their education and graduate from our independent high schools:
- At our Cordeaux Heights Centre for Youth & Learning Craig Davis College, 16 young people graduated from years 9 and 10.
- 15 young homeless people graduated from years 9 and 10 at our Key College Redfern campus.
- At EDEN College, 34 young people graduated from years 9 and 10.
- At our Merrylands campus, 53 young people graduated from years 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Our Homeless Services celebrated the first year of the Inner West Youth Homelessness Service (iWYHS). Manager James Townsend gave a rousing speech at the milestone event. iWYHS is a best practice example of the new geographically focused service model for homeless services in NSW. As the lead agency, partnering with Wesley Mission and YWCA, Youth Off The Streets will manage 16 properties with partners in Sydney’s Inner West, including crisis accommodation (Don Bosco Home) and transitional properties that provide varying levels of support to homeless young people in the district. With more than 44,000 young people under 25 homeless in Australia, these three organisations have come together to help young people in the Inner West of Sydney.
The Cordeaux Heights, and Koch Centres for Youth and Learning continue to provide young people with the support, skills, and opportunities they need in order to make better life choices and reach their full potential. The centres provide training programs, workshops and activities tailored to the needs of the young people in the local communities, as well as helping young people access opportunities and support service.
Our Outreach Services, including Aboriginal Outreach have seen 45,671 young people attending in disadvantaged communities across NSW, QLD and TAS (FY14/15). Our Bourke Outreach has worked on closing the education gap through the ‘Yarr-Pai’ program; our Griffith Outreach ran a fitness program that taught young people about healthy living; and our Blacktown Outreach held an art program for young people of Mount Druitt with some young people selling their artwork to local community members.
These programs represent a fraction of what we achieved this year and we look forward to running more great programs in 2016. A busy year for us, but it’s important to reflect on what we have done, and what we will continue to do until the need for our support has been eradicated. Wishing you all the very best for the holiday season and we look forward to continuing our work in 2016.
For more information on our year, please read our Annual Report.