Our programs are created in consultation with stakeholders to address health and wellbeing, youth unemployment, employability skills, transition and pathway options that will allow young people to become economic, social and civic contributors in their community. The Youth Collective Impact Team create and deliver a variety of bespoke programs, workshops and seminars ranging from targeted groups of 10 participants through to large scale events for up to 1,500 people. Our innovative and collaborative community solutions include:

  • Providing Practical Industry Experiences
  • Providing Information and Resources
  • Creating a More Connected Community
  • Increasing Student Engagement
  • Supporting Transition
  • Inspiring Youth
  • Providing Pathway Options
  • Addressing Skills Shortages
  • Increasing Youth Volunteering
  • Building Community Outcomes

Details and photos of these initiatives can be found in our current and past newsletters. Further information about our key initiatives will be provided in this section.

Key Youth Collective Impact Initiatives

Big Dreams Bigger Futures

SWC’s ‘Big Dreams, Bigger Futures’ project supports children to realise their aspirations and achieve their full potential. The project works in partnership with primary schools, students, their families, businesses and community services, to support and grow children’s motivation to engage in meaningful activities and education, that will in turn keep them enthused throughout High School and beyond.

Second STEP

The Second Step program is an evidence based program approved by the Australian Government, designed to teach children how to understand and manage their emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Second Step helps students gain these important skills for success in their transition to high school and eventually into tertiary studies or the workplace.

Information for Parents, Teachers and Principals
Social Emotional Learning flyer

Seek a Skill Interactive Careers Expo

SWC and its partners developed the Seek a Skill Interactive Careers Expo, as a means of addressing the skills and jobs shortages across Western Sydney and inspiring young people to consider and explore career pathways by connecting with people already in the field or have the resources to help them. The Seek a Skill motto of “find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it” (Katherine Whitehorn) remains highly relevant as we continue to explore opportunities to evolve the Seek a Skill initiative to inspire even more young people.

Mini Career Pals (Literacy and Career Aspirations program)

The program involves a class of Year 5/6 students from different schools exchanging letters throughout the school year with adult volunteers from different vocations and professions to improve liter­acy and inspire their learning through the art of letter writing. With the aim of building capacity within schools to deliver their own version of Mini Career Pals using the tools and resources already created by SWC,  SWC will host a breakfast session to share this information with schools across the Fairfield and Liverpool LGA’s interested in replicating this fun, innovative and relevant real life aspirational program in their own schools. Successfully adapted by Marsden Road Public School, their version covers 3 of the Department of Education’s Strategic Directions – Creating Futures Together 2015 – 2017.

Class Chefs

This partnership offers senior students an opportunity to participate in a real life restaurant setting by preparing and cooking food whilst working under the guidance of professional chefs. Students are also responsible for the front of house, waiting on tables and serving their parents, families, friends and the wider community.

Aspirational ‘Behind the Scenes’ and ‘Future Links’ Tours

Students visit local businesses and discover the many career options available to them across different sectors including health, hospitality, tourism, man­ufacturing, community services and many more. These tours provide practical and hands-on experiences that enable students to aspire to meaningful futures, as well as to educate them and their families about opportunities, pathways and services readily avail­able to them in their local area. To reinforce the concepts gained, students com­plete an activity worksheet as they ask questions and interact with each host employer.

Youth Mental Health Summit (Healthy Minds, Healthy Community)

The partnership is an early intervention, proactive and preventative strategy to address the emergence and prevalence of Mental Health issues amongst young people before the problem escalates without support into adulthood. The aim is to reduce and ultimately prevent youth suicide, bullying by those not aware of the consequences of mental illness and it will help to remove the stigma of mental illness and create a supportive and inclusive community. Up to 500 people will attend the annual Youth Mental Health Summit, hosted by SWC’s community partners, it will provide students and teachers with the skills, knowledge and resources to identify mental health issues. Schools create an Action Plan and set up Youth Action Groups within their schools to improve wellbeing at their school based on the concepts gained at the YMHS.

Details about current YMHS event
Details about previous YMHS event

FUSION (Fun Unite Smile Ignite Older New) An Aged and Youth Partnership

FUSION – Bridging the cultural and generational gap and promoting careers and volunteering in aged care and healthcare. The project encourages, supports and increases participation in volunteering at an early age and will assist students in making the transition from school to work while enhancing their employability skills. Students learn about the healthcare / aged care industry, how to care for the residents and the pathways they can follow to start a career in the aged care and healthcare industry. Students can use these skills with their own grandparents or continue to volunteer in the community. At the conclusion of the project, participants will have donated 2,000 hours of volunteering time.

Yamaha Student Grand Prix

The Yamaha Student Grand Prix Partnership created in partnership with SWC due to the skills shortage of experienced technicians in the marine and motorcycle industry. Since taking part in the Yamaha Student Grand Prix in 2013 as a Year 10 student, Brenden Williamson has gone on to be awarded the “2015 Australian School Based Apprentice of the year” and also gained the official government title of “Australi­an Apprenticeships Ambassador”.

Dare to Dream

“Dare to Dream” helps primary school (including CALD and refugee) students at risk of generational unemployment and welfare dependency with resilience and life skills and raises their aspirations, financial literacy & numeracy skills to provide them with the confidence to excel in class and in life. Disadvantaged students are likely to underperform, disengage from education and leave school early. “Dare to Dream” takes a collective impact approach, bringing together the education, business and community sectors and is underpinned by Evidence Based Programs including World Health Organisation endorsed programs, delivered by facilitators trained to get the best from participants.

FRIENDS for Life

FRIENDS for Life – FfL is an Evidence Based Program (EBP) that develops numerous social and personal skills, as well as building positive relationships with peers and adults. Developed in Australia and acknowledged by the World Health Organisation, the FfL program also promotes self-esteem, problem-solving skills, psychological resilience and self-expression. This program is a soft entry point to connect with young children to ‘plant the seed’ of future-thinking.

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