The PYC program has been active in the areas of Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria since January 2010, and is run jointly by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and TaskForce Community Agency, and funded by the Australian Government to ‘assist young people at risk of disengaging from education and training’.
This evaluation report answered questions about the problems young people face as barriers to education, how the PYC is experienced by young people, and how young people manage once they have completed the program.
The success rate of the PYC program meant that 84.5% of participants achieved ‘at least one kind of outcome’ and, at the follow-up stage, 72.5% were ‘engaged in education’. Notwithstanding the success of the program, the organisers recognise that negative impacts of early instances of disengagement with the education system cannot be fully mitigated.
Download a summary of the report listing key findings, or the report in full, from the following Brotherhood of St Laurence web page: http://www.bsl.org.au/Research-reports
(Source: Youth Field Express, ACYS)