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BGKLLEN received feedback from local teachers who were sending students out on SWL that anxiety was very prominent in young people and was having a negative effect on these type of important situations in their lives.BGKLLEN partnered with headspace Elsternwick and developed the “Anti-Anxiety Card”. It has mindfulness techniques that reduce the effects of anxiety for young people to use when facing new challenging tasks. The demand for these cards has far exceeded our expectations with over 5.5k Anti-Anxiety Cards being distributed to schools, youth services and case managers, and has even spread across the state with 3 LLENs replicating the project in their local area. Some schools are now giving them out with the students’ exam details written on the back!“Is there any way the Navigator case managers could access more anti-anxiety cards? In our team meeting yesterday, there was a lot of positive feedback about how beneficial these...

I'm home. This has a slightly different meaning to me this morning after spending the night sleeping on cardboard in a city car park. It means a lot more to me.Vinnies CEO John told a story to us last night that really stuck with me. The Vinnies soup van set up as usual one cold winters night in Melbourne CBD and all the regulars stopped by. Later though, a new face approached and asked gently for soup and a sleeping bag. One of the volunteers commented that her outfit looked top end of Collins St. but like everyone else who sought comfort that night from the van, she had nowhere to go. They only saw her the once and I think the reason this stuck with me was that all Aussies know Vinnies and know the only barrier to support in what must be awful times, is your willingness to...

The BGKLLEN will again bring together partner organisations for the annual At-Risk forum on August 16, 2017 – a day of PD for school staff, youth workers and case managers held in partnership with Holmesglen and the Bayside, Glen Eira and Kingston Councils (Contact Kathy or Sam). ...

My name is Laura and I am an average young person living in the City of Glen Eira. I was lucky enough to secure full time work this year with the Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston Local Learning and Employment Network (BGKLLEN), who support young people who are disengaged or are at- risk of disengaging with education to remain in education. Two years on from completing my university degree, I have come to learn that I am one of the lucky few. I am continually learning about the problems facing our young people today, and am shocked to know I went through Secondary School and University both locally, without knowing what the situation was like for many other young people.Australian’s are great at rallying together to support those in crisis, but are not so great at recognising those in need in our own backyard. I am baffled when I learn there...