Children & Youth

OLD - CHILDREN+YOUTH - HoMie

Program: Children & Youth

Years: 2018, 2019

Grant: $40,000

Website: https://homie.com.au/

HoMie

This is HoMie’s own accredited retail training and education program for young people (18-25) affected by homelessness or hardship. Every year, HoMie selects young people from one of their partnered Alliance Support Services to participate in an eight-month paid on-the-job work experience at the HoMie Street Store or a HoMie Alliance trained business. Upon successful completion of the paid HoMie Pathway Alliance internship, HoMie interns will graduate with: Certificate III in Retail; six-months retail work-experience; eight months personal development training to build improved confidence, resilience, self-aspirations and life-skills; and a permanent place in the HoMie Alumni community.

OLD - CHILDREN+YOUTH - The Police and Citizens Youth Club, St Kilda

Program: Children & Youth

Years: 2018, 2019

Grant: $21,850

Website: https://stkildapcyc.org/

The Police and Citizens Youth Club, St Kilda

The Police and Citizens Youth Club provides accommodation for up to seven young adults who have been identified by the Salvation Army's Upton Road Accommodation and Learning Centre as showing a capacity and desire to live independently, but who still require a level of support to reach this goal. The PCYC house, at Inkerman Street, St. Kilda, has a kitchen, but no further space for congregation. It is proposed that a pod will be built to serve as a functional communal space for the residents to gather, cook, relax, learn life skills, and build relationships. The proposed pod will include a kitchen, laundry, dining/meeting table and lounge. The pod, measuring approximately 4 x 7m will be manufactured off site and transported to the property and then fitted out on site.

The project is to be managed by a collaborative partnership of RMIT University Project Management students under the guidance of SEMZ Property Advisory and Project Management. SEMZ have also communicated the project to their network and multiple additional parties have pledged their support - in both cash and in kind.

OLD - CHILDREN+YOUTH - The Synergy Automotive Repairs Program (Synergy) - Mission Australia

Program: Children & Youth

Years: 2017

Grant: $30,000

Website: http://www.missionaustralia.com.au/

The Synergy Automotive Repairs Program (Synergy) - Mission Australia

Synergy is a diversionary social enterprise aimed at positively impacting the lives of young people aged 16-20 years involved in motor vehicle offending (e.g. theft, /vandalism). The program was developed to capitalise on their interest in cars to develop pathways to sustainable and meaningful employment in a field that matches their interests.

Synergy offers a full suite of smash repair services. The participants who are referred through Mission Australia/Victoria Police/Juvenile Corrections, gain practical experience/employability skills needed to commence a panel beating or spray-painting apprenticeship and work towards Certificate II in Automotive Body from Kangan TAFE. Synergy, in partnership with Suncorp Insurance, has access to 91 repairers that can take on apprentices after graduation.

Synergy also focuses on addressing barriers to employment/building the participants’ life skills/ personal development. This integrated approach distinguishes the Synergy from other juvenile offending diversion programs. An Employment/Training Officer provides participants with practical support including housing assistance/court support, and addresses issues creating barriers to employment.

On attainment of competencies and indicators of employment readiness, participants graduate and are placed into a 4-year apprenticeship. Participants continue to receive support /mentoring 2 years post-graduation.

Mission Australia

Mission Australia’s primary objective is to reduce homelessness/strengthen communities across Australia. The organisations goal is to help people regain their independence by offering a wide range of integrated long term solutions, through homelessness initiatives, affordable housing, early learning/youth services, family support/employment/skills development. We stand together with Australians in need, until they can stand for themselves.

OLD - CHILDREN+YOUTH - Digital Storytelling Program - Sharing Stories Foundation

Program: Children & Youth

Years: 2017

Grant: $25,000

Website: http://sharingstoriesfoundation.org/

Digital Storytelling Program - Sharing Stories Foundation

Sharing Stories Foundation (SSF) conducted its Digital Storytelling Program (DSP) in five Victorian communities: Shepparton, Mildura, Swan Hill, Thornbury, and Heywood. During the program Koorie and non-Koorie young people worked with Custodians to record and interpret a local traditional story, through illustration, animation and sound design. These stories have been housed in engaging, interactive multi-touch books. The communities have expressed the need for the stories to be available in written/spoken traditional languages: in Shepparton, Bangerang; Swan Hill, Wemba Wemba; Heywood, Gunditjimara; Thornbury, Wurundjeri; Mildura (3 language groups), Barkandji/Paakantyi, Ngiymapaa, and Mutthi Mutthi.

This project supports the hiring of a Koorie Project Manager, linguists, and custodians in each community to complete the language capabilities in each book, creating bi/multi-lingual written and spoken interactive versions of the stories. This resource enables custodians to be able to share their stories confidently using their language with Koorie children and community. The completed bi/multi-lingual books will serve as inspiring culturally-relevant educational resources for teachers, communities, Language and Culture Nests (LCNs) and supporting the Local Aboriginal Educational Consultative Groups (LAECGs).

Sharing Stories Foundation

Sharing Stories work with Indigenous communities to protect, maintain and grow language, stories and cultural heritage through digital technologies and vibrant artistic art forms for the benefit of all children today and future generations tomorrow.