(From left) Kane Morrison, Bree Steet, Chloe Scholtz, Hailey Cosh, Cassy Bakon, Travis Maguire, Megan Barnes and Michael Larfield at the Youth Connections breakfast in the park. Photo Kerri Burns-Taylor
(From left) Kane Morrison, Bree Steet, Chloe Scholtz, Hailey Cosh, Cassy Bakon, Travis Maguire, Megan Barnes and Michael Larfield at the Youth Connections breakfast in the park. Photo Kerri Burns-Taylor

Businesses support youth

A FRESH group of teens last week came together to form the second round of the SDIEA Youth Connections Program with breakfast in the park followed by an art class.

The six-week program is the second of its kind to be run this year, with five students getting involved.

Youth Connections officer Travis Maguire and Hailey Cosh said the program acknowledges school is not for everyone and offers alternative pathways to those young people.

“We cover a lot of things such as life skills, career development and resumes,” Mr Maguire said.

“Just because they are having trouble at school doesn't mean they can't have the same opportunities as those kids in school.”

Mr Maguire said the support of local businesses had lifted it to a new level of success.

They have had representatives from the Bank of Queensland offer information on budgeting, Feelgood Fitness provide advice on a healthy lifestyle and real estate agents give advice on renting.

“They really impressed me with the budgeting talk,” Mr Maguire said. “I was ready to hand over my money to them because I'm sure they could make it go further than me.”

The Youth Connections program is suitable for 14- to 18-year-olds who are not at school or working full-time.

To find out more call Travis Maguire on 0457843449.



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