Resource Youth Program
The ReSource Youth program works with young people of refugee and migrant backgrounds, empowering them to make informed decisions about education, training, employment and volunteering pathways.
Young people of refugee and migrant backgrounds can increase their confidence and capacity for economic and community participation if they understand education and employment systems and opportunities in Australia, know how to access networks and get matched with a mentor. By facilitating opportunities and reducing barriers, the ReSource Youth program builds employment and education skills, and develops participation in employment, education, training and volunteering.
It achieves this through three key initiatives:
- Futures Club – support provided in community or education settings to assist young people in various ways, including with job search and resume writing, mentoring and referrals to other organisations
- Pathways Course – an 18 hour course that offers information on various education and employment pathways, workplace culture, volunteering opportunities and guidance on resume writing and interview skills
- Mentoring – matching young people with volunteer mentors who have career and community knowledge, experience and networks related to a young person’s interests. Mentors help young people identify their education and employment goals and develop a plan to achieve these goals. Locations and times are flexible.
Please contact staff below if you’re interested in volunteering as a mentor.
Who is eligible
The program is open to young people from refugee or migrant backgrounds (including those born in Australia), aged 15 to 25, who live, work, and study or have a connection to the local government areas of Hume or Whittlesea.
These areas include the following suburbs: Attwood, Beveridge, Broadmeadows, Bulla Bundoora, Campbellfield, Clarkefield, Coolaroo, Craigieburn, Dallas, Diggers Rest, Donnybrook, Doreen, Eden Park, Epping, Epping North, Gladstone Park, Goonawarra, Greenvale, Humevale, Jacana, Kalkallo, Kinglake West, Konagaderra, Lalor, Meadow Heights, Melbourne Airport, Mernda, Mill Park, Mickleham, Oaklands Junction, Roxburgh Park, Somerton, South Morang, Sunbury, Thomastown, Tullamarine, Upfield, Westmeadows, Whittlesea township, Wollert, Woodstock, Yan Yean, Yuroke.
The program is supported by the Australian Department of Social Services Youth Transitions Settlement Support Program, the Victorian Government and the Scanlon Foundation.
Would you like to mentor young people?
Apply to become a ReSource Youth mentor today.