Southern Youth and Family Services

A community-based organisation providing engagement, youth work, homework, alternative education and other attendance service on NSW South Coast.

Who we are

Southern Youth and Family Services offers a variety of engagement and support programs to students and families.

Where we operate

Wollongong, Illawarra, Dapto, Port Kembla, Kiama, Shellharbour, Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven

Who we can help

Secondary students, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, refugee students, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students

What we do

Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS) is an independent, community-based organisation in Southern NSW. SYFS works collectively to reduce homelessness, prevent hardship and disadvantage and to enhance the quality of life for all Australians. SYFS assists young people to improve their living situation, reunite with their families, maintain tenancies, develop living and social skills, link to education / training, reduce the barriers to employment and enhance their health and overall wellbeing. We provide a range of youth services including: supported accommodation, community housing, outreach, health, education, pre-employment training, employment, family services and out of home care services.

Mentoring

  • Network Program
    This provides resourcing, personal and educational support, individualised case management, accredited training and life skills to assist participants address barriers to education and employment. The Network Program aims to build students’ confidence and capacity to move from this higher level of support towards more independent pursuit and engagement in education, training and employment. The program provides practical assistance, resourcing, personal and educational support, individualised case management, accredited training and life skills to assist participants address barriers to education and employment. This includes developing resumes, enrolling in TAFE or other courses and homework support. Our youth work staff are qualified and trained in supporting and delivering education skills, training support, further training and pre-employment. The service can be delivered to individuals or small groups at our offices in Wollongong and Warilla. Time commitment is generally one to two hours per week. Additional frequency and duration may be required depending on assistance required

Costs: $180 per month / $1080 per six months

Engagement / Re-engagement Services

  • Links to School
    This program provides resourcing, personal and educational support, individualised case management, accredited training and life skills to assist participants address barriers to education and school engagement. It targets students in Year 9 to 11 and aims to build the students’ confidence and capacity and encourage them to engage more in school and independently pursue further education and training. This is done through a range of individual learning and transition plans which are negotiated with the student and school. These plans involve foundation education skills such as literacy, numeracy, basic life skills, group work activities, social inclusion strategies, Individual case management, support advocacy and referral to other services if required. Our youth worker staff are qualified and trained in delivering education skills, training support, further training and pre-employment. This service can be delivered to individuals or small groups at school or offsite in Wollongong and Warilla in a safe, familiar training environment. The time commitment is one, six-hour day per week, for a term. Minimum group number is seven but groups can contain students from multiple schools.

Costs: $1239.80 per student, per day

Youth work

We provide the following range of youth work services:

  • Healthy Active Positive Youth (HAPY)
    This program involves educational programs and recreational activities for students to promote positive relationships, increase self-esteem and a healthy and active lifestyle. It offers a flexible range of services including a personal trainer, physical exercise regimes, gym access and health education including healthy eating. HAPY is designed for small groups of up to ten participants.
  • Respectful Relationships
    This program seeks to increase young people’s self-esteem through therapeutic delivery methods. The program is gender specific and is delivered by youth workers.  It’s can be delivered in a wide variety of group sizes, off-site at Wollongong and Warilla or at school. Programs range from two hours per week to full day multi-session programs.  Frequency and duration may be negotiated.
  • Resilience Building for Young People
    This program helps adolescents understand feelings and emotions and learn how to express these in healthy ways. It is an evidence-based resilience-building program that consists of a range problem solving exercises. It is delivered by educational and mental health workers. Sessions are designed for small to medium groups of 10 to 15 students. Sessions take place over one day either at school or offsite in Warilla. RAP-A is an 11 session program suitable for young people in Year 7 to 10 in groups of 8 to 16 students.
  • Financial Literacy for students
    This program helps students understand financial requirements in everyday life and includes topics such as: budgeting, Rent it / Keep it, how to complete applications. It is delivered by youth workers with qualifications in financial counselling. The session is designed for small to medium groups of 10 to 15 students and is delivered over one day at school or at our off-site locations in Warilla and Wollongong.

Costs: Each Program needs min 10 Students per group. Programs cost is $325 per week per client

Homework and Tutorial Support Services

Our youth workers staff are qualified and trained in supporting and delivering education skills, training support, further training and pre-employment including homework and tutorial support services. This service can be delivered to individuals or small groups in our safe, familiar training environments in Wollongong and Warilla. The time commitment is up to two hours per week, during school terms.

Costs: One hour per week, per client = $45.00

Parenting Services

  • Resourceful Adolescent Parent Program (RAP-P)
    RAP-P was developed to help parents promote the optimal family environment for healthy adolescent development. RAP-P is a competency-based program that aims to help parents boost their own self-esteem and the self-esteem of their adolescents. RAP-P also helps parents to manage their negative overreactions to adolescents and their adolescent’s overreactions to them. The program is facilitated by educational or mental health workers. It works best for parents of adolescent students in Year 7 to 10, with group sizes of 8 to 16 parents. The program is run over three sessions of between two and three  hours duration. It can be run either offsite in Wollongong, Warilla, Oak Flats, and Nowra or at schools.

Costs: $892.00 per parent for 3 sessions.

Other Student Engagement and Attendance Services

  • Indigenous Network Program
    This program assists young Aboriginal students in Years 7 to 11 who are disengaged from schools. It provides a range cultural programs including language, art, dance, didge, social and living skills programs and specialist individual work to assist students remain in school and increase educational attainment. The program is delivered by qualified youth workers and focuses on education skills, training support, further training and pre-employment. Our Aboriginal youth workers have completed formal qualifications and have skills and experience in delivering cultural programs. Within the agency there are significant relevant support services and programs to assist young people, including suitable qualified professionals. This program can be delivered offsite in Warilla or at school.

Costs: $6,898 per client per year based on 15 clients per program

Contact details

Stephen Dodd - Program Manager
sdodd@syfs.org.au
02 4221 7723

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