STEP Skills for Employment

STEP (School to Employment Program) is a SLES funded program created and delivered by Youth Connections providing skills for employment.

The 4 day program that provides an opportunity to further develop independent skills and increase your employability skills through hands on work experience.

Check out the flyer for details.

Youth for Peace Project Award

The Youth for Peace Project Award encourages and recognises innovative group projects that address current social issues around peace and conflict using psychological knowledge or strategies

Essential criteria
The Award will be awarded on the basis of documentation of a project conducted in the current year that:

  1. Helped build peace and made a positive contribution to a community or the broader society.
  2. Used some of the resources or ideas listed on the APS Psychologists for Peace Interest Group page and/or other relevant psychological resources.
  3. Showed creativity or innovation.

Additional criteria
The Selection Committee will also take into account:

  1. Diversity of the focus of the project (e.g. in terms of its applicability to different age groups, genders, faiths, cultural backgrounds, etc.).
  2. Evidence that the project has potential to be replicated or extended.

Closing Date: 30 October, 2018

Chart of the day: A decade on from the GFC, those aged 15 to 24 are still feeling its reach

The global financial crisis wasn’t a great time to be looking for work — and that pain fell disproportionally on the young.

They were generally the first to lose their jobs at a time business wasn’t hiring, which saw unemployment for 15 to 24-year-olds jump from under 9 per cent to above 14 per cent.

Now, it’s tracking down, and although there’s a fair way to go to get back to pre-GFC levels, there is some other good news. Read the Article

Counselling Online- Free Drug and Alcohol Counselling

Counselling Online

Counselling Online is a free drug and alcohol counselling service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Operated by Turning Point in Victoria and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, Counselling Online provides assistance to Australian residents concerned about alcohol & other drugs.

Our primary service is online text-based counselling for people concerned about their own drinking or drug use. The service is equally available to people concerned about a family member, relative or friend.”

Youth Action 2018 Annual Survey for Young People

Youth Action’s survey for young people is now open.  ‘Have your say about what your representative body does and what you think the government should do to make NSW better for you’. More>

Video Game Improving Safety

The eSafety Commission has launched The Lost Summer, a new video game to improve online safety skills and digital intelligence.  The new video games is aimed at children between 11-14 years and is designed to improve critical thinking, empathy, resilience, respect and responsibility through the immersion in a futuristic environment.

Upcoming Events

Free Formal Wear Event for Year 12 Students

Student Support Officers from Rutherford, Cessnock and Kurri Kurri High Schools are collaborating with From Us To You to hold an event on the 18th August at Maitland Basketball Stadium from 10-2pm. Formal Wear and accessories will be available to young people to help relieve the financial burden on our local families at this time of year.

They’re collecting donations of Formal Wear and Accessories- drop off points RTHS, Cessnock HS, Kurri Kurri HS and Maitland Basketball Stadium.

Children’s Welfare Agencies Conference 2018

As part of the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) Conference this year, young people with care experiences are invited to come together from across NSW for a special one day event.

There’s also travel assistance available to those outside of Sydney.

Registrations close SOON.

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