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ALA Winners 2016

In 2016, the Applied Learning Awards were coordinated by Youth Connect who now form part of the Whitelion Group.  Whitelion is an organisation for youth at risk and has joined forces with Youth Connect this year to continue offering education and learning support to young people in the Bayside, Glen Eira and Kingston areas.

The Applied Learning Awards were collaboratively established in 2009 by Youth Connect and the BGK LLEN (Bayside Glen Eira Kingston Local Learning and Employment Network) as a mechanism for supporting and advancing applied learning in our local region.

To enable Whitelion to continue to offer these important awards in 2016 there were some changes made to the awards categories, nomination process and awards presentation.

Applied Learning assists students to develop vocational skills while completing secondary school.  This includes the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) programs or School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs).

The ALAs provide a point of recognition for student progress in any of the above programs.  Teachers/trainers, coordinators, schools, education providers and employers are also recognised for their positive contribution to applied learning throughout the year.

As well as recognising outstanding achievements of students and the adults who support them, the ALAs aim to encourage future involvement in Applied Learning and uphold the importance of these programs in our community.

Congratulations to all Winners and Nominees Applied Learning Award Winners 2016

Thankyou for your support.  

For more information follow this link:- Applied Learning Awards 2016

 

ALA 2016 Sponsored by

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Youth Connect and Whitelion Merge

For 23 years Youth Connect has delivered programs and services with and for young people.  With the continual focus and development of ensuring that young people remain at the core of what we do, we are delighted to announce that Youth Connect has merged with Whitelion.

Over the last 5 years Youth Connect and Whitelion have collaborated on a number of programs including the State Government Workforce Participation Program (Work this Way) for which we successfully lobbied for a two year extension. Whitelion has also been involved in our Youth Diversion Program Right Step over a number of years. In July 2015 we formed a partnership with Whitelion to offer the Stride School Relationship and Resilience programs together with our Career and Transition programs.

Whitelion has created the Whitelion Group which includes, Open Family Australia, Stride Foundation and the Balga Detached-Youth Work Project. Youth Connect and our program branding will became part of the Whitelion Group.  The synergies, core values and common interests of each organisation include:

  • Young people
  • Reducing the multiple and complex barriers some young people face while remaining engaged with education training or employment.
  • Providing tools to those connected with and supporting young people including parents, extended families, carers and employers.

Youth Connect programs will support and add value to Whitelion’s programs that address risk factors including unemployment and school-disengagement. Through intervention services including support for vocational pathways and preventative programs in schools, the combined suite of programs aims to support greater youth independence with an increase in the number of at risk young people into employment.

A Continuity and Development strategy will see service delivery maintained and developed in our region including the scaling up of our Career and Transition and PACTS programs in Whitelion’s regions across Australia. Youth Connect’s community programs, Dare2B and Applied Learning Awards and Vet Brokerage will also be maintained. An exploration strategy has been developed to build on Youth Connect’s Social Enterprise Wheelly Good Coffee, which has already received significant support from Whitelion’s Corporate Partners.

Danny will provide program and operational transition support to both Youth Connect and Whitelion staff. In particular he will be supporting the development of the Wheelly Good Coffee strategy and program development.

The merger will take effect from 1 January 2016. Our office in Moorabbin will remain open with final location arrangements currently being considered.   We are also planning a launch early in the New Year to which we look forward to welcoming you too.

We are thrilled about the opportunity that this presents Youth Connect to be able to continue the impact we have had with and for the community. Should you have any questions now and during our transition over the coming months please contact Danny directly at [email protected] or on 8306 6300.

Finally we would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board for their vision and fortitude. We would like to thank the staff for their continued dedicated professionalism which has ensured Youth Connect is seen as outstanding example of an organisation supporting the pathways and transitions young people take through school, further training, higher education and employment.

 

Regards

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Danny Schwarz                                  Roland Lindell

Chief Executive Officer                     Chairperson

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Become a Youth Connect Volunteer

Why Volunteer?

Through volunteering with Stride-Youth Connect, you will be giving back to the community by sharing your knowledge and experience with young people while gaining interpersonal skills at the same time. Our mock interview program provides school students with the opportunity to have a mock interview with a young person to give them a real interview experience.

What it means to be a volunteer for Stride-Youth Connect:

  • Meeting new people
  • The opportunity to develop new skills
  • Increase confidence
  • Opportunities for volunteers to contribute to their community

Volunteer description: Volunteers will be knowledgeable professionals who have experience interviewing job candidates.

Ages:  18 and older

Skills Needed: Professional demeanor, willingness to converse comfortably with young people at some length, and ability to give constructive feedback.

Commitment: Volunteers must commit 3 hours to the workshop and come prepared having read the materials on interviewing that were emailed to them prior to the workshop.

All of our volunteers must be willing to undergo a National Police and Working with Children check before commencement.

Download the following Volunteer Application Form if you wish to participate.

 

Announcing New Programs Available For Schools

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Youth Connect in partnership with Whitelion and Stride are proud to present an exciting new range of programs available to schools.  

The new programs include student and staff professional development workshops in Resilience, Relationships and Community as well as our current Career Transitions.

Download a Program Brochure here – Combined School Programs – 2016 Brochure – YC V2

National PACTS Network Membership is now open for Trained Facilitators

2017 Membership will entitle you to:

  • Access to all of the PACTS support material available on the PACTS WIKI
  • Access to updated material as it becomes available during the year.
  • Ability to work with Youth Connect to leverage support for funding.
  • Opportunity to engage with PACTS Facilitators from around the country and benefit from their experiences.
  • Access to the PACTS evaluation.
  • Ability to contribute to future research and evaluation.

Membership application is available on the home page of the Youth Connect website.

Please contact us on 03 8354 0829 if you have any further queries.

We look forward to having you as part of the Network so we can continue to support each other to support parents in communities across the country.

PACTS Facilitator Training 2017

 

VICTORIA

DATE:

Tuesday, 21st March 2017

LOCATION:

Whitelion Head Office – 155 Roden Street, West Melbourne

COST: $350 plus GST

For more information contact Mary on 03 8354 0829 or email: [email protected]

OR

Register online:-

Volunteers Needed for IPREP Mock Interviews March 2016

Stride-Youth Connect are looking for Volunteers to be part of our iPREP Mock Interview program for young people.
Through volunteering with Stride-Youth Connect, you will be giving back to the community by sharing your knowledge and experience with young people while gaining interpersonal skills at the same time.

Our mock interview program provides school students with the opportunity to have a mock interview with a young
person to give them a real interview experience.
What it means to be a volunteer for Stride-Youth Connect:

• Meeting new people
• The opportunity to develop new skills
• Increase confidence
• Opportunities for volunteers to contribute to their community

Volunteer requirements
• Knowledgeable professionals who have experience
• Have experience interviewing job candidates
• Aged 18 and older

Skills Needed: Professional demeanor, willingness to converse comfortably with young people at some length, and ability to give constructive feedback.

Commitment: Volunteers must commit three hours to the workshop and come prepared having read the
materials on interviewing that were emailed to them prior to the workshop.

For more information on becoming a volunteer a Stride-Youth Connect please contact us on 03 8354 0829 or [email protected]

DARE2B Youth Conference

2016 Presenters Include

DARE2B Presenters

Guest Speaker: Nathan Hulls

Performers: Indigenous Hip Hop Projects

Kyle Williams – Adventurer

Kyle Williams recent 3 Peaks Challenge video

Kyle Williams Kosciuszko


“Shoot For Goal Workshop”

Sharin Milner – Basketballer

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Eli Evans – Australian Rally Car Champion

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Adam Schneider – AFL Player 

Adam Schneider

Jayden Mitchell – Professional Boxer

 Jayde Mitchell


“Mindfullness & Yoga”

Mindfullness presented by Rachael Kable

Rachael Kable

Yoga workshop with Hannah Engel

Wheelly Good Coffee – Student Thoughts

Over the last six weeks, I have participated in the Wheelly Good Coffee program run by Youth Connect. I enjoyed the program, especially making the coffees and hot chocolates and learning coffee art.  We met lots of people who work or have worked in hospitality, so we learnt lots about the industry which is good and makes me want to get a job in a cafe.
We went on an Industry Tour during the program and visited Lavazza in Carlton.  I really enjoyed the visit.  Ed was fun and interesting and showed us how to make cool Hot Chocolates.  He also told us about owning his own cafe and interviewing young people to work for him – what he looked for.

During the program I also got help writing my resume and am getting help to find a casual job which is good.

I am glad I did the program as it counts toward my VCAL study and I would recommend it to my friends as its a good experience, gets you out of bed each day  and is a useful thing to do.

My favourite part was making Hot Chocolates.  I made lots for customers, but drank lots too!

Written by Monica (Wheelly Good Coffee Graduate)

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