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Posted on: 21 July, 2014

Local partnership to pilot alternative learning space in Livingstone

Livingstone Shire Council, PCYC, Capricornia School of Distance Education and Yeppoon State High School have partnered to assist young people, who have disengaged from school, to re-engage with education.

Councillor Nigel Hutton who holds the portfolio of Youth Development said that the Alterative Learning Space, at the Community Centre in Yeppoon will be a flexible access point for students who wish to attend to their studies as negotiated with the Capricornia School of Distance Education.

“The centre will be equipped to assist and support up to 15 young people from the Livingstone Shire community to complete Years 10, 11 and 12. The program will be tailored uniquely to help young people
re-engage in education outside of the traditional classroom and assist them in creating career pathways for the future,” said Councillor Hutton.

“The Alternative Learning Space will be supported by Council’s Youth Services Program, PCYC/Youth Connections, the Capricornia School of Distance Education and Yeppoon State High School.

The participating partners are hopeful of obtaining funding to enable the centre to employ a full time supervisor. In the meantime, volunteers will provide assistance with manning the learning space which is planned to open in late September, and be operational Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8am until 3pm.

“This partnership initiative supports an identified need for Livingstone Shire’s youth and will be keenly welcomed in our community” said Councillor Hutton.

Expressions of interest are sought from the Community and other youth services for volunteers who wish to assist at the Alternative Learning Space. Volunteers must provide a current Working with Children Blue Card and a current Federal Police Check.

For more information on the referral process, volunteering queries and general information please contact the Livingstone Shire Council’s Community Partnership Unit on 4913 3842.

This partnership was proudly brokered by Youth Invest and Youth Connections striving to Strengthen Services to support young people at risk.

Youth Connections is funded by the Commonwealth of Australia as represented by the Department of Education.

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