Making a difference: SDIEA youth connection officers Hailey Cosh and Ashleigh Newman.
Making a difference: SDIEA youth connection officers Hailey Cosh and Ashleigh Newman.

Teens given out of school support

WHEN you are a teenager arguably the most important thing you can have is someone who believes in you.

It’s this simple truth that was foremost in the minds of Hailey Cosh and Ashleigh Newman as they started as youth connection workers with the Southern Downs Industry Education Association this month.

The duo is part of a national Youth Connections initiative targeting 14- to 18-year- olds, who are struggling to fit into mainstream education.

The initiative supports and mentors young teens, assisting them to find employment, access alternative learning or further training.

For Ms Newman being involved in the program offers her a chance to help young people cope with the challenges of an increasingly complex world.

“Mainstream education doesn’t work for everyone and there are young people out there who have just given up on school,” she said.

“That’s were we come in. We can help them achieve their goals.

“We know every young person has potential.”

Ms Cosh, a former Warwick schoolgirl, is a staunch advocate of teens being given the opportunity to succeed in their own way.

“This program has already proved effective in connecting young people with their goals,” she said.

“We recognise each situation is individual and everyone has different needs and aspirations.”

The program is available to Southern Downs teens, regardless of whether they are in school, employed, in training or still searching for direction. For details contact 4666 9218.



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