Community Service Leadership Program
About the program
Disadvantaged youth often miss the chance to develop leadership skills and can be isolated from the wider community. The Community Service Leadership Program (CSLP) assists young people to develop youth-led projects that benefit their community as part of their VCAL curriculum.
The program engages disadvantaged secondary students to plan and create their own community service project. Past student projects have included an environmental education workshop, an art exhibition by older marginalised people and education sessions in sexual health and self-defence for women at risk.
Students learn skills such as teamwork and project planning, and are able to connect with the community beyond school and address issues that matter to them.
The CSLP program is a joint initiative of the Brotherhood and the Rotary Club of Melbourne. We are currently working with our partners on the next stage of this project. The program is the recipient of a Schools First Impact Award.
The CSLP features:
- an induction session to kick-start the program and generate ideas
- visits to local organisations to gather information about services that would benefit the community
- project skills development including planning, leadership, communication and teamwork
- a final celebration of young people’s achievements
- teacher and student workbooks mapped to the VCAL curriculum
- facilitator training for teachers.
We acknowledge the following partners for their valuable contributions to the Community Services Leadership Program:
Banyule Nillumbik Local Learning and Employment Network
Collingwood Alternative School
Lord Mayors Charitable Fund – Eldon and Anne Foote Trust
NAB Schools First
North Melbourne Institute of TAFE – Youth Unit
Rotary Club of Melbourne
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Brotherhood of St Laurence
67 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy Vic. 3065
Phone: (03) 9483 1392