11 Jan 2018
Council will continue to deliver the School Focused Youth Service (SFYS) under a revised model in 2018 and 2019 as funded by the Victorian Government’s Department of Education and Training.
Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Andrew Davenport said the service helped build partnerships between local schools and community organisations to support young people aged 10-18 years at risk of disengaging from school.
“Council has provided this service for the past two years and our continuation of this program highlights our ongoing commitment to supporting vulnerable young people in the municipality. We are dedicated to ensuring they get every chance to get a full education to set them up for the future,” Cr Davenport said.
“There are many complex reasons young people become disengaged from education, their school, and a vision for their own futures. The School Focused Youth Service works to a detailed plan where Council, local organisations and local schools all work towards keeping students connected to education.”
The SFYS works with young people across government, Catholic and independent schools in the municipality. School disengagement has significant impacts on the health, wellbeing, future employment opportunities and trajectory of a young person’s life. SFYS plays a critical role in helping young people reach their potential.
As part of its commitment to the SFYS, Council has appointed a dedicated coordinator who will administer this service over the next two years.
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