Young people continue to access the Western Sydney MRC to be supported through casework, information and referral, advocacy, and to develop the skills and capacity to address issues as they arise.
Education and employment pathways continued to be the primary concern of young people, as they sought support in identifying their options regarding work and study as relevant to their skills and personal experience.
Our Youth Workers
We are lucky enough to have 2 dedicated youth workers at Western Sydney MRC.
If you are a newly arrived refugee or migrant young person and need information or help regarding a youth-related issue, then get in contact with one of our Youth Workers.
We can offer information and support with:
- Individual Casework
- Free Homework Support
- Information and advice around your options for work and study
- Sports and fun activities happening around Liverpool and at the MRC
- Applying for funding and developing your own programs, excursions or events
- Referrals to youth organisations
The Western Sydney MRC homework program continues to provide support to a core group of students every week – the majority of these being students from Liverpool Girls High and Miller Technology High, and have been attending the program regularly for the past few years and we see a number of younger siblings begin to access the program.
The homework program continues to support students from Liverpool Girls and Boys High, Marsden Road Public, Miller Tech and Miller IEC, Bonnyrigg High, All Saints Catholic, Casula High, Prestons Public, Lurnea High, IEC and Bankstown Seniors College. Refugee young people often experience a disrupted education due to instability and conflict overseas, and while coupled with the challenges of developing academic and functional English, they can often have difficulty participating in the classroom and engaging in school work.
Dropzone is a free after-school program for young people to have fun and socialise through physical activity and free play. Participants can play soccer, basketball, boxing, dance, and more.
This involves one on one casework for our young community assisting them with identifying goals both personal and professional. Our youth worker assists with identifying options to achieve their goals and supporting them through to accomplish. This often involves assisting young people in creating resumes and applying for jobs, coaching and interview practice runs.
Our youth workers play a critical role in helping youths to strengthen attachment through developing and maintaining meaningful relationships. We encourage:
- Self-regulation by finding ways to understand and express emotions
- Be part of a group where they can contribute and support others
- Understand and be aware of other’s feelings with a focus on how our actions impact on others
- Learn to celebrate and respect diversity
- Respect themselves and others.
Overall our approach is to ensure that our youth worker create a positive relationship with young people, supporting them in day to day life challenges. We aim to build skills and ‘coping mechanisms’ to ensure that when they leave our service they are well equipped to tackle whatever life may bring their way. And that they stay in touch as they move along life’s journey.
To find out more about our youth programs fill in the form below or give us a call at the Western Sydney MRC on 02 8778 1200.