58 disadvantaged young people (16-18 years old) have been given the opportunity to chase their dreams this year as recipients of the 2016 LEAP Awards. The Department of Family and Community Services and Youth Off The Streets have joined forces to provide these young people with the help they need to achieve their dreams and educational goals.
The LEAP (Local Educational Assistance Program) is built on a partnership network of corporate and community leaders working together to provide a whole-of-community response to support disadvantaged young people currently doing their HSC. The LEAP draws on the generosity of local businesses, trainers, educators and employment leaders by tapping into the skills, expertise and resource capacity around us, with the belief that collectively, we can make a big impact.
One of the young people in the program, Jack*, has been living in different carers homes since he was five. Jack has only visited his mother a handful of times and is struggling to support his school work and passions.
Jack is a talented musician who is passionate about the creative arts. The resources that he’ll have access to through LEAP will mean that he’ll be able to keep up with his school work, but also able to follow his artistic flare. Jack is one step closer to realising his dreams.
Hussain* is also a step closer to realising his dreams. Originally from Burma, Hussain is a refugee whose parents both passed away while they were still in Burma. He is now the primary carer for his younger brother and his sick Grandmother. He is a talented artist, but lacks the financial stability needed to develop his skill for the visual arts.
The LEAP award will allow Hussain to continue his school work and to also pursue his talent for visual arts. His dream is to attend TAFE in the field of art or to secure an apprenticeship. He is looking forward to receiving much needed help and pursuing his dreams.
Hussain and Jack are just two examples of the 58 young people that will be receiving help in 2016. No longer will financial disadvantage get in the way of their school work or future dreams. We wish all these young people the best as they embark on the journey ahead.
The LEAP program wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the LEAP Partnership Network. We’d like to thank the following:
• Randstad Recruitment
• Macquarie University
• Harvey Norman
• Fantastic Furniture
• Pascal Press
• Cambridge University Press
• Made for School by LW Reid
• The Art Scene
• Bunnings Warehouse
• Dress For Success
• Dress for Work
• Fitness First
• Souths Cares
• Strike Bowling
• Sea Life
• Wild Life
• Madame Tussauds
• Event Cinemas
*Name has been changed to protect the young person’s privacy