Seeking supporters for young people

BUILDING A NETWORK: Rachael Mackay from Women’s Health Goulburn North East, which will lead a workshop in Wangaratta on March 1, and Anne Shaw from North East Local Learning and Employment Network (NELLEN) hope locals step up to assist the Adult Allies program. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

Simone Kerwin, February 27, 2017
Wangaratta Chronicle

Group is seeking adult volunteers interested in building friendships with young people in the community, to support them as they re-engage with education.

ADULTS interested in supporting young people who are disengaged from school to reconnect with the local community are being sought for a pilot program being introduced across the North East.

A series of workshops will begin in Wangaratta on March 1 as part of the community initiative, which will offer training to interested community groups and clubs.

Managed by the North East Local Learning and Employment Network, North East Tracks Local Learning and Employment Network, and Junction Support Services, the Navigator Adult Allies Initiative is seeking adult volunteers interested in building friendships with young people in the community, to support them as they re-engage with education.

NELLEN community development officer Vanessa O’Loughlin said the Ovens and Murray region, which includes Wangaratta, was one of eight Victorian areas in which the Navigator program was being piloted.

“The pilot program, supported by the Victorian Government, is all about ensuring that all young people in our communities have the opportunity to get an education not just to make a living, but to create a good life for themselves,” Mrs O’Loughlin said.