We empower young people

Youth Opportunities makes every effort to make all of our personal leadership programs accessible to as many young people as possible. Our mission is to empower and equip young people with the tools and skills to thrive, regardless of a student’s background, culture, religion, or financial situation.

We do this by where possible, offering program subsidies to enable young people facing disadvantage or disengagement to take part in the program.

To partner with Youth Opportunities, we encourage you to reach out to us today, and let’s work together to help positively shape the lives of more young people!

In 2020 our personal leadership programs were delivered in partnership with 29 schools across South Australia, graduating 686 students in 46 programs. Additionally, we partnered with councils, community groups, group training organisations, and workforce partners to support the personal leadership development of their young people.

Our role

  • Liaise with school-based or community coordinator about participant selection, progress, scheduling, and follow up
  • Oversee program delivery based on the model offered
  • Provide caregivers with a program overview to help them understand and support their young person
  • Ensure participants have access to adequate support
  • Arrange and conduct Program Graduation if included
  • For our face to face Personal Leadership Program graduates, we will also follow up students on a need basis up to two years following the program
  • Provide concept delivery and professional development training to program trainers

Partners’ role

  • Provide a school-based or community coordinator to liaise with Youth Opportunities
  • Allocate training days in the timetable
  • Support participants and those that support them, such as teachers, peers, parents, or management to put program concepts into practice
  • Promote within the school, workplace, or community

Delivery models

To accommodate for individual school, workforce, or group requirements and locations, we offer different delivery methods and encourage you to look at our full range of programs and services to find a program that meets your needs.

However, for schools interested in our face to face Personal Leadership Program we offer:

Direct

2x Youth Opportunities Trainers

18 students per program

Schools within 150km of Adelaide CBD

Partial License

1x Youth Opportunities Trainer
1x School or Community Licence Trainer

18 students per program

Schools within 150km of Adelaide CBD

License

2x School or Community Licence Trainers (Trained by Youth Opportunities)

18 students per program

Schools outside 150km from Adelaide CBD

Our trainers and coaches

Our trainers and coaches come from a variety of different professional backgrounds, many with experience in secondary teaching, psychology, social or youth work.

They are required to undertake an extensive recruitment and training process and have ongoing weekly professional development which exceeds 150 hours per year.

Not only do our trainers and coaches receive support in their skills at delivering the program, but they actually participate in the program themselves, enabling them to personalise the theories and better understand the journey of a young person in the Personal Leadership Program.

Professional and personal development includes internal and external training that aligns with our program concepts. This includes:

  • Facilitation methods
  • Positive psychology
  • Mental health first aid training
  • Suicide risk training
  • Gender and sexual identity

Other services

As well as the 10 Week Personal Leadership Program, there are other ways that Youth Opportunities can support your school.

SACE/Personal Learning Plan

Youth Opportunities is a DECD accredited provider of SACE points and the Personal Learning Plan.

Graduate Follow up Program

Year 11 and 12 is a critical time for our graduates. We want to ensure they continue on their path of success so we provide support through:

  • annual seminars and forums
  • student ambassador initiatives
  • need based mentoring
  • sponsorship in community events and activities
  • goal based incentive initiatives

Teacher Training

Creating cultural change within a school is not just about educating students. We provide personal development opportunities and courses to teachers so they can develop a better understanding of the program and concepts for both professional application and personal growth.

By providing an alternative learning model within a school setting, our program builds the capabilities of teaching staff to support young people. This has led to an increase in staff skills, improved staff and student relationships and increased student retention.

Talk to us about how we can work in partnership with you.

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