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At-risk youth issues
Resources and web sites on at-risk youth
The Forum is an independent, non-profit association with a charter to stimulate innovative educational developments, to focus upon the importance of the work force in the continuing development of Australia, and to reach out to the wider community to promote the formation of skills and personal effectiveness, particularly in young people.
Programs on at-risk youth
There are many programs that come and go in the youth field serviing the interests of "at-risk" youth, and this is not a comprehensive listing. It serves to give an overview of the type of program initiatives that have been developed.
This site is produced by a group of people who have developed a range of educational and psychological resources in relation to 'at-risk' children, adolescents and families. The website focuses on issues to do with stress, violence in schools (bullying) and teacher education. Website: http://www.caper.com.au
This is a primary prevention program, focusing on supporting young people at risk or disadvantaged due to personal circumstances, location or economic conditions. Project Hahn provides opportunities for young people to take part in outdoor recreation activities that encourage aspects of personal and social development. Website: http://www.projecthahn.tas.gov.au
The Youth Enterprise Trust
This is an independent charitable organisation assisting disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 24 years through a personally challenging and intense program that begins in the wilderness of the Carnarvon Ranges in Central Queensland, then moves to semi-rural South East Queensland for practical follow-up. The program is completed when, using personal and vocational goals which are developed during this intense two-week experience, Graduates receive 12 months of encouragement and support by telephone from a volunteer 'off-sider'. Website: http://www.yet.net.au/
Archived information on at-risk youth
This comprehensive report looks at ways to improve the support provided to young people during their transition to independence, and to strengthen pathways for young people who do not, or are not likely to, go straight from school to further education and training or full-time employment. Through a series of consultative forums with young people and other interested stakeholders, the Taskforce considered the views of a wide range of young people including those living in urban, rural and remote areas and those who were institutionalised in either care or detention. Recommendations are made on the scope and direction of a Youth Pathways Action Plan to improve outcomes for all young people by strengthening existing pathways, improving early intervention assistance, helping those in crisis situations to quickly move out of them and strengthening families' and the community's capacity to help young people.
Web site: http://youthpathways.gov.au/
The taskforce was set up to provide advice to government on the scope and direction of a youth pathways action plan aimed at: improving support for young people and their families during young people's transition to independence; and strengthening pathways for those young people who do not, or are not likely to, go straight from school to further education and training or full-time employment and those who are not fully engaged with their community.