A QUICK LOOK AT OUR PROJECTS:
Reconnect helps young people (aged 12-18) in St George from all cultures who are having problems at home, or who are at risk of becoming homeless, to stay in touch with family, work, school, training and the community. Reconnect provides practical & emotional support (casework), problem solving (short term counselling to identify issues, and mediation) and group work/workshops e.g. parenting support groups or life skills groups for young people. Qualified workers can travel to meet you.
One of the main group activities that Reconnect provides is 'Talk About It'. This is an interactive workshop to discuss issues that may affect young people. It starts off with a DVD 'informercial' made by young people, and encourages young people to seek support early for any potential problems they may have.
Step Up! supports students in year 6 and at Intensive English Centre through an interactive group activity program that will provide students with educational, employment and life skills outcomes. It focuses students who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds from 6 partner schools.
READY provides information & referral for young people and their families who need support with alcohol/other drug issues, & also education in the community for drug/health related issues eg workshops at over 30 high schools across the region.
The Helping Hand project provides complementary brokerage assistance to people of any age who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in St George & Suthelrand. the Project also undertakes Community Development work to strenghten the local support service system, including working with real estate agents, boarding houses, caravan parks, homelessness services.
A range of community development projects are run, such as 'Youth Respecting Cultural Connections' project addressing community harmony and anti-racism. New Youth Leaders will shortly be trained to run educational workshops addressing racism and community harmony with their peers.
Latest educational resource: Anti-racism youth magazine 'We all Smile in the Same Language' produced by and for young people has just been launched!! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a school, young person or family member who would like to get copies!
The service also has Youth Leaders Committee- a voluntary group of passionate young people who meet regularly to give advice to St George Youth Services, and take action, about local youth services and issues affecting young people aged 12-25.
Health Projects provide Education for young people aged under 25, by young people themselves, who are trained as Peer Educators. Peer Educators provide information on health issues such as sexual health and alcohol and other drugs
Step-Up program, READY, Helping Hand, Health Projects & Community Projects are funded by varous ways: Federal & State Government, Local Councils Councils, Clubs & donations.