Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services is excited to announce the Our Daughters Conference 2014.
REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
We’d love to have your participation and support at the event!
The conference is focused around the theme of young women ‘Overcoming Adversity, Claiming Opportunity’, with a priority emphasis on the health/welfare and education arenas. The event will be held on October 30 this year, with an invitation now extended to all those who are currently seeking to support young women to overcome inequity or disadvantage and access improved wellbeing.
A great range of high-profile speakers and presenters will feature at the conference, including the fabulous journalist and women’s advocate Tracey Spicer. In addition, workshops will be delivered by a comprehensive array of industry experts, including representatives from: Kids Helpline, The Black Dog Institute, The Butterfly Foundation, Foundation for Young Australians, Anti-Slavery Australia, NAPCAN and the Positive Education Schools Association.
Nine young women studying towards their HSC are devastated by the Federal Government’s decision to cease funding Rosemount Good Shepherd’s alternative education programs.
This has put their education at immediate risk.
For four years, Rosemount Good Shepherd has been offering alternative education programs to students who suffer mental illness and disadvantage and are unable to complete their education in mainstream education.
The Federal Government will cease funding the program at a time when some students will be only 6 months away from sitting their final HSC exams. They suggest the students return to mainstream education or study in isolation through Distance Education.
Trauma, anxiety and depression can completely overwhelm. Without holistic support from Rosemount Good Shepherd (including individual case management, counselling and mentoring) the education of these students will be severely at-risk.
This is not an appropriate solution for students experiencing mental illness and puts the health and welfare of these young people at-risk.
For as little as $65,000 per year for two years, we can ensure these young women have the opportunity to achieve their educational goals and prevent them from a lifetime of poverty and welfare reliance. (That is more than 6 times cheaper than the cost of having a student enrolled in mainstream education.)
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The Federal Government’s cessation of Youth Connections funding means nine disadvantaged students studying at Rosemount’s alternative education program will lose their opportunity to complete the HSC.
The cessation of Youth Connections funding means the government is removing the program which has enabled the re-engagement of disengaged youth and supported individual students to work towards achieving their education goals while being given access to counselling, mentors and other essential support services.
Rosemount Good Shepherd is committed to the belief that education is the most definitive way for a young person to escape the entrapment of disadvantage.
We are currently seeking assistance to raise funds to assist these nine young women to complete their schooling with us. Two of these students have worked with Rosemount Good Shepherd for 5 years and will be 6 months away from achieving their HSC when funding will cease.
This would be a tremendous injustice to students who have overcome incredible hurdles to achieve their education.
To offer this life changing educational opportunity, we need to raise $65,000 per year for two years.
Can you help us help our girls achieve their HSC?
All donations over $2 are tax deductible in Australia. Any contribution you can make will be gratefully received.
Community Commerce is a social enterprise pilot program designed to reduce the social isolation and financial exclusion experienced by refugees and new migrants.
To view an interview with Community Commerce candidates, Fahmida and Javed Khan, please click on the image below.
Community Commerce recognises the breadth of skills and experience refugees and new migrants bring to Australia. It is designed to unlock this pre-existing ability and enable them to participate and contribute to the economy, by providing the business assistance, networks and capital necessary for successful candidates to begin and operate their own business.
In 2014, we are excited to be officially launching the Community Commerce pilot by assisting 6 successful candidates to begin their own business. To date, the pilot has hosted 10 University student interns and enlisted a network of over 20 business professionals to provide expert advice top our six new business owners.
This project provides the opportunity to tap into the wealth of skills, experience and education that are all too often being ignored for this particular cohort. It is our intention, that Community Commerce will provide the opportunity for a number of people and their families to escape the entrapment of welfare dependency or low-income generation that is encouraged by the traditional system.
Rosemount is currently looking for volunteer secondary school teachers, to provide input into the education program delivered at the Study Support Centre. The SSC is in the process of developing programming documents to support the delivery of the new Australian curriculum, and would value the input of current teaching professionals from all Key Learning Areas for:
Input regarding creative teaching resources and strategies
Advice about the BOS syllabus and programming requirements
Feedback about KLA content, outcomes and assessment
Volunteer Teacher Advisors will be asked to donate just FIVE hours of their time per year, via face-to-face meetings or telephone consultations. More information is available on the attached flyer, or contact SSC Manager Kirsty Rose on 8571 7800.Volunteer Teacher Advisor Flyer
There is no vibe quite like the infectious magical moments created at Rosemount Good Shepherd’s Annual Dinners. Thank you to our supporters and guests for making the 2013 Annual Dinner a wonderful celebration of the work of Rosemount and our young people. With special thanks to Grappa Ristorante E Bar for providing the venue and delicious menu; Matt Harrison and Lindeman’s Cellar Door for providing a wonderful selection of wines and the dynamic Maria Venuti AM for entertaining us.
On Wednesday, 21 August, Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese officially launched Project ARC, an innovative project designed to reconnect disengaged youth in Marrickville with services, education, employment and community.
Project ARC is the culmination of a partnership between Marrickville youth service providers who have worked together to create assistance for young people who are failing to engage.
Rosemount CEO, Lyn Harrison, identified a cohort of young people in dire need of assistance who are not currently being reached by local service provision.
“Project ARC is Marrickville service providers recognising that traditional forms of engagement like classroom models, even alternative education models, do not work for all young people. We need to focus on building resilience and self-esteem first. If we can encourage these young people to feel their place within this wonderful community, then from there, their possibilities are endless,” said Mrs Harrison.
At the launch, the Deputy Prime Minister spoke of the importance of this program in an electorate where there are areas of great wealth as well as areas of severe disadvantage. He said “Pockets of wealth have accentuated the disadvantage which means it is more critical than ever to get to these young people and make sure they don’t just fall through these cracks.”
He praised the ideas behind Project ARC and said: “Over 20 years, I’ve observed Rosemount and noted that you’ve always been prepared to do things that are out of the box. That is why your are so effective, this program will be no different and I wish you every success.”
The employees of Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services would like to acknowledge the Cadigal Wangal people of the Eora Nation who are the traditional owners of the land in which our services operate. We pay respect to elders both past and present.
440 Marrickville Road
MARRICKVILLE NSW 2204