IMPROVING educational outcomes and helping vulnerable students stay at school will remain a priority in Shepparton following news the state government will continue to fund the School Focused Youth Service (SFYS).
The Department of Education and Training has announced the SFYS, which began in Shepparton in 1998 and is co-ordinated by Kildonan UnitingCare, will be funded again for another two years.
Kildonan’ Chief Executive Officer, Stella Avramopoulos said the funding will allow Kildonan,’ education and community stakeholders to build on their previous work.
“Like many regional communities, there are challenges in ensuring young people remain engaged in education, employment or training.
“Kildonan’s SFYS team has addressed attendance issues by partnering with the Bridge Youth Service to provide tailored support for at-risk young people; we have held forums and provided professional development opportunities for school staff; we have provided transition support for vulnerable young people in Cobram who are starting secondary school this year.
“This funding means there will be ongoing resources to support vulnerable students in partnership with schools and the community, and it will give us the opportunity to develop a new plan focusing on young people who are at risk of disengaging from school.”
Kildonan’ will be holding a workshop with stakeholders in coming days to ensure the SFYS can continue to deliver positive outcomes for students over the next two years.
Stakeholders will include representatives from schools and Student Support Services, the Department of Education and Training, Greater Shepparton City Council, the Local Learning and Employment Network and other community agencies.