Learning how to enrol to vote, the key points of budgeting, legal rights and personal safety have all been undertaken by the Foyer’s 14 newest graduates.
The group completed Certificate 1 in Developing Independence, which is offered to vulnerable young people aged from 16 to 24 living in youth Foyers around Australia.
The course is a strength-based curriculum designed to support students to develop and build on existing talents and life skills such as budgeting and goal setting.
Students celebrated their graduation at a ceremony at South West TAFE.
Throughout the course they expanded their life skills with lessons and activities on voting, personal safety, legal and tenants rights, sexual health, careers and community volunteering.
Warrnambool’s Foyer, on Raglan Parade, provides safe, secure accommodation for young people while they undertake education, employment and/or training.
It aims to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment by providing affordable housing, and improving education and employment pathways.
While living at the Foyer, some young people have been successful in getting their L or P plates and are often assisted by the L to P program.
Others have participated in debutante balls, completed Responsible Service of Alcohol and First Aid Certificates and other courses and qualifications.
The Foyer model of support and accommodation originated in France after World War II, with Brophy Family and Youth Services successfully tendering to build and operate a Foyer in partnership with Barwon Child Youth and Families, South West TAFE and other local organisations.