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Assisting Young People of Refugee Background Build Career Aspirations in Early Settlement.

Assisting Young People of Refugee Background Build Career Aspirations in Early Settlement.

Foundation House, VIC, Melbourne, Australia
Transitioning young people into employment and education pathways, the Victorian experience and key learnings from the Youth Transitions support pilot (YTSP) funded by the Department of Social Services.
The experience of two organisations partnering to align service models which focus on the skills and capabilities of young people in their education and employment journeys. A partnership approach that is beginning to get results.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence’s (BSL) practice model is underpinned by a capabilities framework and delivered using an advantage thinking approach. Advantaged thinking is a shift away from how we think and respond to young people experiencing disadvantage, it focuses on investing in the skills, capabilities and assets of young people. Essential to this approach is harnessing the community effort and building partnerships.
The Foundation House(FH) Ucan2 program facilitates and supports social inclusion of newly arrived young people assisting with recovery from trauma and settlement in Australia. The Ucan2 program is guided by the Foundation House integrated trauma recovery model and Ager and Strang’s conceptual framework for understanding integration.
Ucan2 builds on the young people’s strengths, integrating their past and present experiences and supporting their future. Ucan2 is a 16 week program that supports the process of transition from on arrival education to mainstream education, employment and vocational training.
FH and BSL will share their learning’s and experiences of their collaboration, and how their respective transitional programs are assisting young people of refugee background settle better in Australia.