Co-designed with the Claymore community by Sydney Community Foundation and Whitelion, RISE – Re-engagement Initiative towards Supportive Education was a pilot program in 2015. RISE is a proven, powerful initiative. This year we are trialling a new ‘RISE for Work’ pilot in Sydney’s Cabramatta for local young people to increase their job readiness.
The nurturing alternative learning program supports secondary students suspended, expelled or chronically disengaged from school. With expert wrap-around support 80% of learners return to
learning, vocational/training opportunities, and create pathways into employment.
Coming from families of intergenerational welfare dependency, these young people face overwhelming disadvantage, including drug and alcohol issues, mental health challenges, histories of homelessness, out-of-home care, and contact with the juvenile justice system.