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Supporting Young People in Need

One of the founding principles on which OCTEC was built is the belief in the importance of supporting particular groups and individuals who face barriers to accessing training, education and employment opportunities available in the community.

OCTEC’s Youth Services are delivered under three main programs – Youth Connections, the Shed Ed Links to Learning project, and Aspire NSW.


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Youth Connections
www.youthconnections.org.au

supports young people aged 11 to 19 years to attain Year 12 or equivalent and to help them make a successful transition through education and onto further education, training or work. There are three areas of service delivery: individual support services, outreach and re-engagement activities, and services aimed at strengthening the provision of youth services in the region generally. Youth Connections operates across Central West NSW with delivery sites at Lithgow, Bathurst, Orange, Cowra, Forbes and Parkes.

OCTEC Youth Connections entered its second year of operation in 2011. Funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Youth Connections is a network of providers that supports young people aged 11 to 19 in their transition through school and onto further study, training or work. In particular, it focuses on youth at risk of disengaging from the further education system and youth who have already disengaged. OCTEC provides Youth Connections in NSW Region 19, which covers most of Central West NSW. During 2011, OCTEC Youth Connections supported more than 400 young people across the Central West, achieving outcomes for 252 of them, including 84 Indigenous youth and nine Humanitarian Refugees

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Ph: 1800 045 370
E: youthconnections@octec.org.au
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Aspire NSW
www.aspirensw.org.au

operates two Links to Learning projects and has an overall focus on outdoor recreation as a means of engaging young people. Aspire delivers adventure-based learning programs to teach personal development to young people from all sections of the community, especially those who are disadvantaged.

OCTEC’s Youth Services expanded in 2011 with OCTEC assuming responsibility for the Aspire Cooperative outdoor recreation and education program that operates from Lake Canobolas near Orange. Renamed Aspire NSW as part of its integration into OCTEC’s operations, the program holds contracts for two Links to Learning projects funded by the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

Aspire provides outdoor recreation and education activities to youth from all sections of the community, especially those who are disadvantaged. There are two main target groups, year 7 to 10 students who are at risk of disengaging from education, and 15 to 24 year old young people who are not in school and not involved in full-time work or education/training. Aspire activities use an outdoor adventure framework to assist individuals and groups achieve educational, vocational, social and recreational outcomes, reduce barriers to community participation and increase quality of life. The activities include bushwalking, abseiling, rock climbing and canoeing, all of which help participants develop life skills through experiential learning including their capacity to work as part of a team.

Aspire worked with eight schools and a total of 86 young people across Central West NSW during 2011. The eight schools were Orange High, Canobolas Rural Technology High, Orange Learning Centre, Cowra High, Bathurst High, Kelso High, Oberon High and Portland High.

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Ph:  (02) 6362 7973
M:  0488 653 931
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Shed Ed “links to learning

is a Links to Learning project catering for students at risk of disengaging from formal education. The project has been operating in Orange since 1993 and was formerly known as the Time Out Program. Links to Learning projects are funded by the Community Grants Unit of the NSW Department of Education and Training and are one of the strategic resources available to government high schools to assist students in Years 7 to 12 at risk of leaving school early before completing post compulsory education. Projects provide innovative and creative activities for young people in informal settings to link participants back to education and training and develop effective local strategies.

Funded by the NSW Department of Education and Community, Shed Ed is a Links to Learning project catering for students at risk of disengaging from the formal education system. The project provides small group and individual learning activities in a creative, informal and non-threatening learning environment and aims to develop employability skills and positive personal attributes. It has been operating since 1993 and was formerly known as the Time Out Program.Participants are aged 12 to 15 years and come one day a week - girls on Wednesdays, boys on Thursdays - remaining at school the rest of the week. The project provides services to a minimum of 35 students per year and at least 9,100 contact hours.The program is varied and includes sporting activities such as tennis, bushwalking, swimming and canoeing; animal-assisted therapy and education, e.g. volunteering at events run by the local Kennel and Obedience Club and undertaking Junior Dog Handler Training; and cognitive strategies, e.g. the RAP Program (Resourceful Adolescent Program) which targets anxiety and depression in young people.Other program activities offered in 2011 included art and craft workshops, weekly music sessions run by the Director of the Orange

Regional Conservatorium, Graham Sattler, and a variety of full day excursions including to the Edge Cinema at Katoomba, the Orange Show and The Australian National Field Days. In addition, 21 of our Shed Ed participants successfully completed an entry level Work Health and Safety training course on following workplace hygiene procedures, which should improve their chances of gaining employment in the future.

Links to Learning is an Outdoor Recreation program for both year 7—10 students who are at risk of disengaging from education and 15 to 24 year old young people who are not in school or involved full time in work or education\training. This program is funded by the Department of Education and Communities. Our Programs use outdoor adventure to assist individuals and groups to reduce barriers for community participation and increase quality of life through educational, vocational, social and recreational programs. Creating a safe learning environment we encourage student participation and personal growth rather than technical achievement.


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