What do you do in your role at The Salvation Army?
I work with young people who have disconnected from school and at serious risk of long term unemployment. Our program aims to reconnect them with education or secure apprenticeships or paid employment. We offer hands-on experience in a variety of trades to help young people discover what they’re interested in, as well as general support to build their general life and social skills.
What is the most rewarding part about working in youth services?
Our program plays an important role in assisting young people to re-engage with learning, overcome barriers to participation and achieve their goals. Often when I meet them they have lost all hope and belief in themselves. It’s overwhelming and so humbling to see their personal growth and accomplishments by the end of the program.
Why do you do what you do?
Many of the young people we meet are vulnerable and have faced so many challenges in their short lives. So I see it as a privilege to be able to guide them back to finding their path to succeed in life and help them feel a sense of worth.
What would you say to the people who support The Salvation Army and your program?
I’d like to thank the companies, organisations and individuals who have generously donated to The Salvation Army to support this program. Over the last three years, 80% of our graduates have gone on to re-engage in education or training or gained employment. Thanks to you there are incredible outcomes being achieved.