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Save the Children provide early intervention and prevention programs to support young people in New South Wales.
We provide young people with opportunities to develop new skills, increase their resilience and help them identify areas for personal growth. Save the Children Youth Workers offer guidance and support, connect young people with services and provide them with a positive adult relationship.
Why we provide Alternative Education and Mentoring Support programs in New South Wales
Circumstances at home can make it difficult for many young people in school. This often results in their time at school being more about discipline than learning. Having a positive role model and someone who cares can help young people overcome some of these difficulties.
Dropping out of school and failing to complete the Year 10 Certificate has been linked to unemployment, juvenile offending, poor health, and drug and alcohol abuse. International research and impact studies have shown that mentoring relationships can lead to better outcomes for young people.
Save the Children’s Alternative Education and Mentoring Support programs
The Glebe Pathways program and Wilcannia Re-engagement Centre provide supportive, flexible and culturally appropriate education opportunities for young Aboriginal people who are disengaged with school. Based on their individual needs, community mentors provide guidance and support and help them re-engage with mainstream education, vocational training and employment.
The Stability Through Support program provides mentoring for boys who are either attending behavioural units in schools or are in contact with the criminal justice system. We pair young people with a mentor who supports them to engage in positive behaviour and lifestyle choices.
Every week, the boys meet with their mentor for two hours and work on a project of their choice. Once a month, they participate in a group activity and showcase their work at an end of term exhibition. Youth workers and mentors explore issues such as community violence through structured activities which teach participants about communication skills, personal boundaries and self-control.
How we know we’re supporting young people
In the last year, there has been as much as a 30 per cent increase in the school attendance of each participant at the Wilcannia Re-Engagement Centre and a 50 per cent increase in Glebe. Eighty percent of the current Glebe students also report that their confidence in their ability to learn has increased.
Boys in our Stability through Support program have told us that mentoring from Save the Children has helped them become more positive about school, home and the police.
Who makes our programs possible
We are grateful to the Australian Government Communities for Children program, facilitated by the Smith Family in Bankstown, and generous Australians who support our Alternative Education and Mentoring programs in New South Wales.
Want to learn more?
Contact our New South Wales office:
Suite 205, 410 Elizabeth Street,
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
PO Box 36,
Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012
+61 2 9211 8800
+61 2 9211 8866