Young people seeking asylum in Victoria are among the most severely disadvantaged in our state. They face significant challenges; the ongoing uncertainty of their visas, the need to develop their English Skills and the apprehension generated by the government’s transition to a Border Force mentality. They are, on the whole remarkable young people and they need our support.
Currently the Asylum Seeker Pilot Pathways Project facilitated by St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre (SJFLC) in North Melbourne is offering exciting opportunities to create pathways into education and meaningful work. These opportunities include:
Victorian State Government: The Office of Multiculturalism and Citizenship has funded the ASPPP for two years, under the Strategic Partnerships and Capacity Building community grants program.
Redcross: Partnering with SJFLC to provide support to employer and educational placement providers
National Tertiary Education Union: Partnering to provide access to tertiary education networks and assist with education advocacy
VicSuper: Partnering by providing venues for interview/selection processes and has created two Traineeship positions, with a further position anticipated in 2017.
Victoria University: Providing two fully funded scholarships
Federation University: Providing four fully funded scholarships.
For many of these young people these opportunities and partnerships are the changing the face of their future in Australia, however despite having access via the ASPPP these young people have limited ability, due to Asutralian restrictions to support themselves to study/work and live!
This is why the Living Support Fund has been created – and we need your help via donations to the fund to see that these young people can participate fully in these wonderful opportunities.
100% of your donation will go directly to young people to support themselves to engage in the ASPPP program!
$31,826 of $100,000 raised
Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible for Australian residents.
‘Catch-a-Reader’ Campaign 2017
4th – 10th September, 2017 marks National Literacy Week and to celebrate the Y+ Foundation invites you to get involved in its – Catch-a-Reader Campaign.
Catch-a-Reader involves taking a photo or drawing someone that you ‘catch’ reading. Students can ‘catch’ someone reading at home, in the community or at school.
We encourage young people to take artistic, unidentified photos of each other reading to share on the Y+ Foundation Facebook page as part of the campaign.
Catch a fellow student reading a magazine, an e-book or a novel – doesn’t matter – it’s all about spreading the joy of reading and discovering new possibilities when you read.
Then share your pics on the Y+ Foundation Facebook page – and use the Hashtag #catchaflexireader and the Y+ Foundation will create a gallery of everyone involved in ‘catching a reader’ campaign.
The Y+ Foundation will also be highlighting a ‘Catch of the Day’ reader via its Facebook and Twitter accounts for the month of September.
Are you up to the challenge? Can you ‘Catch-a-Reader’?