Collaborative Partnerships as Re-engagement Strategies: Innovative Education Programs for Disadvantaged Young People
Cross sectoral partnerships working in collaboration can develop more enhanced local based solutions to shared community problems. In recognition of the issues affecting early school leavers who possess a range of barriers to participation including; homelessness, criminality, drug and alcohol abuse and/or mental health issues among others, a range of stakeholders came together to form a partnership. This partnership recognised the need to incorporate a holistic approach into an education and training model. Young people with significant barriers require intensive interventions and on going support to be integrated into their learning program. One of the most successful aspects of the program relied on mentoring via the Victoria Police as well as the utilisation of a variety of training and education techniques specifically designed with the learning needs of the participants in mind. Partners included: youth service and training providers, industry, local councils, Local Learning and Employment Networks and the Victoria Police.
Keywords: Community Education, Disengaged Young People, Social Justice
Executive Officer, Capital City Local Leaning & Employment Network