SVA has collaborated with United Way Australia (UWA) to deliver the Community Schoolyard project.
In partnership with the Department of Social Services (DSS) and Citi Foundation, SVA is testing a place based, collective impact approach to improving school to work transitions in Rooty Hill, NSW.
Youth disengagement and unemployment is a pressing issue, impacting a high number of people aged 15 to 24 years old. Across Western Sydney community, 14.2% of young people aged 15 to 24 years are unemployed. For young people, unemployment can lead to high levels of disengagement and long-term unemployment. Diverse efforts are underway across the Rooty Hill community to improve education, training and employment outcomes for young people, but current approaches are not supporting sustained outcomes.
SVA and United Way Australia have collaborated to help young people at Rooty Hill and Plumpton high schools to make more effective transitions into further education, training or employment.
The Community Schoolyard project is testing a whole of school approach to careers education, provides targeted interventions for students at risk of not transitioning, and seeks to create an evidence-based approach to effective post-school transitions for at-risk students.