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Youth Off The Streets.

Wests Illawarra contributed $15,000 to ensure Youth Off The Streets could operate in 2015.

This is a ClubsNSW supported project that Wests Illawarra is proud to lead in the Illawarra. The program is an early intervention/preventative measure aimed at re-engaging “at risk” students before they disengage fully from their education. It delivers a range of activities designed to promote resilience, personal and social skills development and effective behaviour management strategies.

In 2015 Wests Illawarra supported a pilot program for 21 boys at two Illawarra highs schools, Corrimal and Albion Park. The program reported many positive outcomes, particularly in higher rates of school attendance and engagement in learning, and improved behaviour. The most significant achievement was a student who received 63 negative behaviour reports in Term 2 and only two in Term 3.

Albion Park High School Deputy Principal Paul Ryan said: “The program was varied and aimed at promoting behaviours amongst these students. The students were extremely motivated and looked forward to each Wednesday afternoon session. The program culminated with a day trip to Nowra Tree Top Adventures. The boys loved this activity and it was a great opportunity to further develop team building skills.

“Parents were also very impressed with the way the program was run. One parent commented ‘I am just writing to thank Youth Off the Streets. They have been taking a great deal of time with my son and he really enjoyed it every Wednesday.”

The annual presentation lunch was held at Wests Illawarra on Thursday 10th December.