Young people

We work for an Australia where all young people, irrespective of their background, have the opportunities to achieve their educational goals, find meaningful employment and live a fulfilling life.

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Support for school students

We help students stay involved in education by helping them overcome difficulties at home and at school, helping them identify career goals, assisting them with homework and skills development. Mainstream school doesn’t suit everyone, so we also operate alternative education and training options.

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(03) 9426 1581
At our Homework Clubs volunteer specialist tutors assist secondary students with their studies in a friendly and supportive environment.
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(03) 8781 5907
Our David Scott School delivers the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) which is an alternative education program taught in a friendly community setting. It offers the equivalent of Years 11 and 12 for young people who have become disengaged from school, to put them on the path to achieving their life goals.
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(03) 8781 5900
The Youth Community Leadership Project is boosting volunteering and community leadership among disadvantaged students as part of their education programs at community organisations. 
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Support for school leavers

Leaving school is one of the landmarks in our journey through life. At the Brotherhood we equip school leavers with life skills and help them plan their careers to put them on track to the world of work.

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(03) 8781 5900
The Next Steps Program connects young people aged 15 to 19 who aren’t studying or in training with Learn Local organisations and their high-quality vocational courses.
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(03) 8781 5926
Reconnect intensively supports early school leavers and long-term unemployed young people aged 15-24 to get them into vocational education and training.
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(03) 9781 7700
Completing an education is one of the foundations of success in adulthood, but not everyone progresses at a traditional school. The RESET program assists children aged from 10 to 14 years who have not been attending school to move back into full-time education.
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(04) 5559 8675
The transition from school to adult working life is rarely smooth, and harder for those who lack the qualifications and personal networks to gain a foothold in the world of work. Our program helps young people who are disconnected from education to make that crucial step.
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(03) 9483 1133
Our Education First Youth Foyers for young people who can’t live at home with their families have at their core housing and education that lead to employment, independence and rewarding adult lives.
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(03) 9483 2498
The Youth Transition pilot program aims to help refugees and vulnerable migrants, aged 15-25, to get the skills they need for a job, and take part in the community through work, education and sport.
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We are committed, through our integrated service centres, to helping local communities dealing with poverty and disadvantage to succeed and prosper. In particular we are focused on strengthening areas on the outskirts of Melbourne and country towns where the lack of jobs and services holds back individuals, families and communities.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.