Continuing in its fourth year, RISE – Re-engagement Initiative towards Supportive Education is changing lives for young people in the Claymore community and strengthening families.
Alternative learning and wrap-around support with family outreach is given to secondary students suspended, expelled or chronically disengaged from school.
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.
Emerging as a community-initiated pilot program in 2015 to re-engage youth with education, RISE co-designed by SCF and Whitelion has become a model of success and was profiled on ABC’s Lateline in 2018. With 80% of learners returning to education, vocational/training, or gaining employment, RISE ensures a better future for Sydney’s young people.