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At the October Beachside Wellbeing Network meeting, Steffi who is completing her Masters of Counselling degree placement at Sandringham Senior Secondary College presented the LGBTQIA+ Tip Sheet. As part of a course requirement, Steffi set out to facilitate a 6 week project (now in its 13th week due to its success) that entailed lunchtime sessions where students from Sandringham Senior Secondary College, who identify as LGBTQIA+ could get together and support each other. During these sessions, the students helped to developed  the LGBTQIA+ Tip Sheet aimed at assisting teachers and other professionals in addressing and communicating with young people who identify as LGBTQIA+ Click here to download the LGBTQIA+ Tip Sheet ...

After being approached by Parkdale Secondary College for assistance with hosting an information session, for both parents and career practitioners supporting young people with additional needs, our Education Engagement Coordinator (Samantha) jumped at the chance to help and coordinate, what turned out to be a very worthwhile and informative session. After spending some time engaging relevant local organisations and planning, this information session took place on October 31st and was hosted at Parkdale Secondary College and had around 40 attendees, which consisted of mainly parents and some school career teachers. The information session consisted of presentations from: Samantha Hewitson (BGKLLEN) Linda Pandita (Brotherhood of St Laurence NDIS Team) Sally Bailey (National Disability Coordination Officer) Vivienne O’Shae (Holmesglen Moorabbin) Peter Kent and Alan Walker (Endeavour Foundation) Karen McGeary (SkillsPlus) All presenters welcomed questions about their services and also were available to chat to attendees during breaks and after the session concluded. As well as having the opportunity to hear from the ...

The question about whether education is preparing young people adequately for the workforce is one that is being raised often in the education sector. We have reviews being undertaken by Government about career curriculum, VET, School Based Apprenticeships at the same time some alarming statistics are coming out. Jan Owen OAM was speaking at the recent Masterclass that FYA put on about how young people are waiting 4.7 years after finishing full time education (secondary or university) before gaining full time work. That is terrifying! It was one year ten years ago. The same data set is also showing one in 5 young people are unemployed after finished University and a third of all young people are under-employed. We need to change how we educate young people - not to guide them into 'a' job, but to prepare them and arm them for multiple different jobs across many different industries or sectors. That is...

The BGKLLEN have partnered with Gateway LLEN to bring the Young Industry Ambassadors program to schools in Bayside, Glen Eira and Kingston. Health & Allied Services is a rapid growth industry. There is a strong interest from young people to join this sector, however, schools and students remain unsure of the multitude of pathways and employment options available. A number of allied health businesses and organisations including Headspace, Link Health & Community, Acess Community Health, Epworth Hospital and Monash Medical Centre have young ambassadors that are trained up, passionate about their career and eager to share their career journey with your students. The program is a great way for students to converse with young people and gain a practical understanding of what each occupation is and what it is really like to work in the Health Sector. The ambassadors represent a number of occupations in allied health including Occupational Therapy, Social Work,...

On the day of the At Risk Forum Dan from Prop and Pose came along as our official photographer.  You may have seen him - he was everywhere with his camera and he took a wide range of fantastic photos for us. If you need a photographer for an event we can highly recommend Dan - Prop & Pose Co. Have a look below at the photos of the day! Photo Gallery ...

It is always important, well in fact vital, when organising a forum of any kind to ensure that your topics are the most relevant for your audience to best inform them and, in turn, to achieve the outcomes the forum is intended for. With this in mind Kathy and Sam, although having our own knowledge, consulted with our partners and the local community to be sure we were correctly aware of what some of the local issues affecting our vulnerable young people are. It was good to know that we at the BGKLLEN were on track!  Whilst there are a number of local issues the following four kept coming up - Family Violence, Gender Diversity, Anxiety. School Refusal So, our forum planning took its first steps toward shaping the day. We had our subject matter – what we needed now were fabulous people with expert knowledge to present for us. Again, Sam and I consulted with...

Along with our partners Bayside City Council, Glen Eira City Council, Kingston City Council and Holmesglen Vocational College we again held the very popular At Risk Forum recently. The At Risk Forum is a great opportunity for school practitioners, flexible learning providers and youth welfare and support agencies to come together and focus on our most vulnerable young people at risk of disengaging from education. This year the forum was opened by Judith Graley, Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Member for Narre Warren South and was followed by keynote presentations on Family Violence and Gender Diversity. Both keynote speakers were really informative and engaging. The keynote presentations were followed by the choice of one of two sessions with the topics being school refusal and anxiety. What a jam packed day! It was so exciting to see the room ‘full to the brim’ once again and to see everyone engaging together at every opportunity....

A colleague of mine told me about the program through a family member. It only took a brief conversation over coffee with Laura to write up a job description for the placement for us. We invited the first candidate over for a brief catch up to determine whether their interests aligned with ours. Madison caught on very quickly, we spend about 2-3 days training her on simple tasks to slowly build her skillset, and we found that she was more than capable to assist us on client projects. With our direction and support, Maddison was able to integrate with our team seamlessly and accepted feedback gracefully to continuously learn and improve. I am very surprised at how quickly the student caught on to our processes and workflow, especially in the field of digital media. Giving them an opportunity to learn and to be a part of the team was humbling as their approach to work and learn showed us the true colours of younger...

For a while we, at the LLEN, have been hearing the same message – that professional learning for Education Support staff in schools doesn’t happen as often as it could. So, with the support of Gab Evans, School Focussed Youth Services Coordinator at Family Life, we decided to do something about it! Trauma informed practice training is important for anyone working with young people who have experienced trauma and we thought this was a great place to start. After contacting schools and letting them know that we were facilitating this training we were overwhelmed with the response, so much so, that we decided to run a second training session! Gab put together a fantastic training program and provided a really extensive workbook for everyone who attended. They all found it to be very valuable especially with the resources and ideas Gab had included. My colleague Sam and I attended both sessions and apart from finding...