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What’s New

It has been another busy and exciting year for the team here at the BGKLLEN. Some of our highlights have included:Working with the Foundation for Young Australians to create the 'New Work Order in the VCAL Teacher Toolkit'. This helps teachers equip young people for the jobs of tomorrow.  Writing the 'Hands Up! Student Volunteer Program Workbook'  which prepares young people with varying degrees of intellectual disabilities and learning differences for volunteering. Running the At Risk Forum in September, which focused on four big issues affecting local young people; Family Violence, Gender Diversity, Anxiety and School Refusal.  Creating videos that explain the benefits of the Structured Workplace Learning Program for Students and Employers as well as the diverse and far-reaching work that the LLENs do.   Designing the anti-anxiety card with Headspace Elsternwick, which helps young people cope with stress and anxiety.   All of this wouldn't have been possible without the trust and support of our local community. Thank you to everyone who has supported or partnered with us this year. Your help goes...

If you don't know FYA (Foundation for Young Australians) then stop reading this and google them or go here first: https://www.fya.org.au/. I first came across them 5 years ago when we were looking for a leadership program for some young up-and-coming Koorie people in Ballarat. Sheree and I walked into their office (an old nightclub) and proceeded to learn about "change making" while Alissa and Benson from FYA (and Tarni, Sheree's daughter) started drawing on the glass walls in texta. We learnt so much but were both impressed and a little out of our comfort zone!All up, we ended up running 3 Change it Up programs where over 100 young people from our area created ideas and pitched for funding to start a campaign, enterprise or group that would positively impact their peers. We even got to host Unleashed - a statewide event for all FYA Change Makers.Last year, we...

Whitelion - Stride, Rotary Bentleigh Moorabbin and BGKLLEN again partnered this year to bring the Applied Learning Awards to the Bayside, Glen Eira and Kingston region. There was over 100 applications and the judges had a very tough time picking winners. We know that Applied Learning is vital to young people looking to get a feel for the workforce and build vocational skills while completing secondary school. This includes the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) programs or School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs). That is why we think this is such a great initiative.The Teachers/trainers, coordinators, schools, education providers and employers are also recognised for their positive contribution to applied learning throughout the year. There wouldn’t be any vocational programs without these dedicated and outstanding people.As well as recognising outstanding achievements of students and the adults who support them, the ALAs aim to encourage...

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 RefusalSo, 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....