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WHO: Operation Newstart Casey is a personal development program for ‘at risk’ youth aged between 14 – 16 years, who reside within the City of Casey. It functions as an Alternative Settings Program and works directly with ten feeder schools within the Casey area; Narre Warren South P-12, Berwick S.C, Cranbourne S.C, Fountain Gate S.C, Gleneagles S.C, Hampton Park S.C, Alkira S.C, Kambrya S.C, Lyndhurst S.C and Timbarra P-9 College. Many of the students who attend the program display high risk taking behaviours. Common reasons for referral by schools are lack of motivation, low self-esteem, breakdown in family environment, disruptive behaviour, truancy, or criminal activity.
The program is delivered by – Our Team
WHAT: The group work program provides a multi-layered intervention, which focuses on the young person’s relationship with self, family, school, broader systems and community. Activities are used to creatively engage the young person in a process of change and include; outdoor/adventure based activities, work place and University/TAFE visits, problem solving skills-based activities, and therapeutic group work. All of these activities are set in the broader context of Narrative Therapy practices. – Our Program
Casey HQ: 53 Webb Street
Narre Warren, 3805
Phone: 03 8794 9577
Fax: 03 9794 8042
WHEN: The program runs for 8 weeks during one school term with the students attending their base school for the first 2 days and Operation Newstart Casey for the remaining three days each week. Eight students enter the program and work with a Teacher/coordinator and Youth Workers. Student/parent workshops are an integral part of the program, with student/parent follow-up occurring over a two-year period after completion.
WHY: Newstart students do not necessarily fall into the “low academic” category that many perceive as the reason why students struggle in the normal school environment. In fact, many of the students have proved to be ‘gifted’ but as a result of a variety of circumstances have been unable to demonstrate this consistently in the formal educational setting. The program has been successful in assisting many students re-engage with education and provide a clear pathway for further training or access to careers. Students who participate in the program receive support from Newstart staff in all aspects of their life and development.