Innovative Program Helping Young People Finish School

25 October 2020

Young people who have become disengaged from school and are living with mental health conditions will receive additional care and support to complete their schooling, under a flagship new program being rolled out by the Victorian Government and Melbourne City Mission.

Minister for Youth Ros Spence today launched the Living Learning program, announcing that referrals into the program are now open for Term 1 of next year.

The Living Learning program provides education and support for young people aged 15 to 21 who are disengaged from employment, education and training and who have a mental health condition.

The program will provide three years of education and wraparound mental health support to 144 Victorian young people with complex needs.

The program is supported by the Victorian Government as part of its ground-breaking Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage (PADs). PADs bring together the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors to address deep-seated disadvantage through a social impact investment model.

This model enables the philanthropic sector to join forces with Melbourne City Mission and the Government to support young people.

As well as the personal benefit to participants, the program is also expected to deliver significant benefits to the community through reduced use of health and other government services.

The Victorian Government has committed up to $15 million for this PAD with the final level of investment to be based on the results achieved.

Melbourne City Mission will deliver the Living Learning program at its Hester Hornbrook Academy campuses as an extension of its existing educational services.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Ros Spence

With Living Learning, we are looking at making long-term change. This program will open up so many opportunities for this group of young people – from improved mental health to engaging with school and gaining independence.”

This new program focuses on young people and their needs – because we believe a holistic approach will give them the best chance to succeed.”

Quotes attributable to Vicki Sutton Chief Executive Officer Melbourne City Mission

“Education is critical to improving life opportunities and we are excited to work alongside the Victorian Government and our colleagues at the Hester Hornbrook Academy to give our students a chance to graduate.”

“The Living Learning program will empower young people to navigate their own pathway to a positive future”.

Reviewed 26 October 2020

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