Community Schoolyard

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.

Youth unemployment continues to be a persistent problem in Australia, reaching as high as 30% in some communities in Western Sydney. Around 20% of students at Rooty Hill High School and 10% at Plumpton High School are not in education or employment soon after finishing school, compared to a national benchmark of 6%. Also, many schools within Western Sydney are not coordinating effectively with support services to provide students with the support they need.

Venture mission

Community Schoolyard is working to increase economic participation among young people by working collaboratively across Western Sydney. It works with schools to better understand the transition of their students, with local employers to identify training pathways leading to jobs, and with a wide range of local service providers to better coordinate initiatives and achieve sustained outcomes for young people.

Goal of SVA partnership

SVA 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 implementing the Community Schoolyard project to support school students in Western Sydney make more effective post school transition towards further education, training or employment.

SVA support

SVA founded the Community Schoolyard venture in October 2015.