Young people who have grown up in poverty, around long-term unemployment or drug and alcohol abuse are already on the back-foot when it comes to finishing school and finding work. It’s a cycle of disadvantage that is hard to escape, but with your help, it’s not impossible.
Like many of the young people who come to us, Lana’s challenging home life eventually led to her homelessness. Lana’s parents found it difficult to get steady work and the family struggled to make ends meet.
The strain at home soon began to take a toll on Lana’s school work and she quickly fell behind in class. Without the support to help her catch up in class, Lana dropped out of school and fell into a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol.
With no education, no job and no home, Lana felt she was sinking and there was no one there to help pull her out.
She had grown up believing she would never be able to make a better life for herself, because that’s all she knew.
Through the ongoing counselling and support of our dedicated youth workers and teachers, Lana enrolled in one of our high schools and eventually graduated. After finishing Year 12, Lana completed one of our accredited Work Ready programs to learn the work and life skills vital to finding sustainable employment.
Today, Lana works in aged care and is studying at university to become a fully-qualified nurse.
Lana is living proof that with our programs and your ongoing support, lives can be transformed for the better. All she needed was someone to believe in her and give her a fighting chance.
Please make a generous donation today and help us raise vital funds so we can give kids the life skills they need to finish school and enter the workforce. Your support can open doors to a brighter future.
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