About the program
ReSource utilises peer education, volunteering and employment pathways for young refugees and other young people to reduce the risk of marginalisation among public housing tenants. It does this via capacity building, strengthening service delivery and showing the positive contributions of young refugees as a beacon of light to the Victorian community.
The aim of ReSource is to support to young people aged 12–25 who are living, working, studying or playing in the City of Yarra, by increasing their:
- participation in the local community and decision making
- opportunity to participate in activities that enhance their skills, knowledge and pathways
- support networks and connections with their peers, families and communities.
The ReSource Program is generously funded for three years by the Department of Human Services through the Engage! Grant scheme. Program outcomes are achieved across two activities:
Brighter Futures employs a multi-faceted approach to work with refugee mothers and daughters. It is an early intervention program that supports young, 'at risk' women to build resilience and social connectivity. The program also helps the women to strengthen their relationships with service providers through recreation activities and information sessions.
The program is a holistic intervention to divert young refugee women from the justice system. It also aims to increase the capacity of the mothers of young refugee women to parent adolescents in a new cultural context.
Employing a strengths-based framework, 'at risk' young women are engaged to increase their understanding of drugs and alcohol; sexual health and reproduction; and their legal rights and responsibilities. Working simultaneously with their mothers and the wider refugee parenting community, the Brighter Futures program assists families to respond to inter-generational issues and to increase mothers' confidence in their ability to raise daughters in the Australian context.
The program is jointly funded by the Department of Justice through their Community Safety Fund, as well as the City of Yarra. We are working with St Kilda Gate House, Youth Support and Advocacy, City of Yarra Youth Services and the Connie Benn Centre for the delivery of the program.
Employment Pathways for Young Asylum Seekers (EPYAS) builds on our established training program that empowers young refugees to make informed choices about employment pathways. In 2013, EPYAS will tailor this program to meet the needs of young asylum seekers, following a period of consultation with young people and service providers. We will then pilot the delivery of the experiential learning program, evaluate it and make any changes necessary. This project has been made possible with funding from the Inner North Community Foundation. Click on the flyer here.
Information and referral
The ReSource Project Coordinator develops support plans with young people by connecting them with support agencies.
We acknowledge the following partners for their valuable contributions to the ReSource Program:
Department of Human Services (Engage!) and (Office for Youth)
Department of Justice
City of Yarra
Inner North Community Foundation
Neighbourhood Justice Centre
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
North Richmond Community Health
Brotherhood of St Laurence
Ecumenical Migration Centre
123 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy Vic. 3065
Phone: (03) 8412 8712