St Kilda Youth Services SKYS Education: 2Faze and Young Parents

62 Pickles St, Port Melb., VIC, 3205

Part of St Kilda Youth Services (SKYS) Education, SKYS 2Faze and Young Parents programs offer an alternative to mainstream school education for young people, aged 15-25, who are seeking to begin, restart or complete their educational journey. SKYS has been providing education services to young people since 2004. Students include those who experienced bullying at school, are facing homelessness, struggling with mental health or drug and alcohol issues and/or just don’t ‘fit into’ mainstream schools. The Young Parents program caters specifically for young parents and pregnant teenagers.In 2013, there were just over 90 students enrolled in the two programs.

How this program works

SKYS-main-hall-300x212SKYS Education aims to be a sector leader in the flexible and innovative delivery of best practice in alternative education. Underpinned by a commitment to developing meaningful engagement and treating young people with dignity and respect, the 2Faze and Young Parents programs enable young people to develop their academic skills and exercise their creative and practical talents in a supportive community environment. Different personalities and learning styles are catered for and education programs are tailored to individual interests. The program works by placing the student at the centre of the whole experience, focusing on their self-esteem, educational, social and personal development with a range of welfare support provided at SKYS and beyond.

Learning takes place at the SKYS Learning Centre in South Melbourne. 2Faze runs Monday to Friday and Young Parents runs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Students learn in small classes receiving support from teachers, youth workers and their peers. There is a dedicated space for young parents and their children. All modules are delivered in a practical manner with a focus on student engagement and participation. 2Faze provides a Year 10-12 curriculum combining the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), (Foundation, Intermediate or Senior), Vocational Education and Training (VET) and the Certificate of General Education for Adults (CGEA). Students undertake classes in Media, Music, Work Related Skills, Personal Development, Recreation, Photography, Literacy and Numeracy. Students are assisted to plan for their future, supported to achieve their education and training goals. Young Parents offers options in VCAL, CGEA and VETS in Music and Media as well as units on parenting and early childhood development and links to health care professionals in the community.

Outcomes

Positive outcomes, indicating the success of this program, include: at-risk students engaging with education, their academic, personal and social development, welfare outcomes improving with participation, students receiving credentials and moving into further education, training and work.