New youth support program launches in Geelong

Recent funding from the Victorian Government, Office for Youth has allowed Centacare to develop the Geelong Youth Power Program, which is co-located with headspace Geelong. The Centacare initiative was recently launched by State MP for Geelong, Christine Couzens, along with local dignitaries, stakeholders and staff of Centacare.

The launch featured a presentation from headspace Youth Future Crew member, Emily. Emily presented her personal story, along with an insight into the benefits that Geelong youth will receive from the program.

Along with Emily’s role at headspace, Emily is a Disability Support Worker, Occupational Therapy Assistant and currently completing her 4th year of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University, Emily is also what people describe as a “high school drop-out”.

With desire to be an Occupational Therapist and having had finished her high school education as a 15 year-old, Emily was faced with an array of challenges, her goal of being a qualified Occupational Therapist seemed indistinct. However, with her passion, determination and persistence Emily is completing her final six months of tertiary education and is continuing to break the stigma for “high school drop-out” condensations.

Emily encourages youth support programs, identifying the need to provide assistance to young individuals in a similar position to herself,

“If I had the opportunity to access a service such as the Geelong Youth Power program, it would have been a whole lot easier”

“It’s not important to know exactly where you want to be, what matters is knowing where you can ask the next question to find your next pathway, and I think Geelong Youth Power is a great place to start” said Emily

Geelong Youth Power will provide intensive, coordinated support for young people, identifying goals and appropriate supports to achieve their aspirational plans. Addressing the areas of health and wellbeing, community participation, education and training, and employment. Centacare’s Youth Worker will collaborate with other stakeholders, including local government, schools, training providers, and community and health organisations in providing holistic services, advocacy and support to young people between the ages of 15-25.  The program aims to empower young people of diverse backgrounds and abilities and will provide equitable access to services, opportunities, skills and life experiences.

For more information about the Geelong Youth Power Program, please contact us on 03 5337 8999.