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Service Learning

Key College - Chapel Campus, NSW

Key College enrols young people who have dropped out of mainstream education, and supports them to develop skills that lead to academic qualifications, employment and to re-connect with their community. At its Chapel Campus in Sydney's west, the Service Learning program has had considerable success in increasing school attendance and motivation in some of the most disadvantaged youth. An innovative values-based program, it focuses on the root causes of the youths' challenging behaviours by engaging them in community service activities. Students develop skills, self-esteem and empathy for others by ‘giving back’, and research has shown the results include improved performance, fewer suspensions and greater likelihood of graduation.

In 2015, the program is being offered to 54 students from Year 9 to 12 and includes a range of camps and ongoing activities, including house building projects with Habitat for Humanity in rural/regional NSW, bookmaking with young underprivileged children in Sydney’s south west, working at local animal shelters and hospitals and working in local aged care and retirement homes. Those involved in delivery include the college’s founder, Father Chris Riley AM, who also founded Youth off the Streets.

Key College has a reputation for taking on students who are no longer able to engage in mainstream education. This initiative will serve to engage a group of extremely disengaged and marginalised teenagers, providing them with critical life skills.

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Key College - Chapel Campus

Merrylands, NSW

youthoffthestreets.com.au/programs/chapel-school

Key College enrols young people who have dropped out of mainstream education, and supports them to develop skills that lead to academic qualifications, employment and to re-connect with their community. At its Chapel Campus in Sydney's west, the Service Learning program has had considerable success in increasing school attendance and motivation in some of the most disadvantaged youth. An innovative values-based program, it focuses on the root causes of the youths' challenging behaviours by engaging them in community service activities. Students develop skills, self-esteem and empathy for others by ‘giving back’, and research has shown the results include improved performance, fewer suspensions and greater likelihood of graduation.

In 2015, the program is being offered to 54 students from Year 9 to 12 and includes a range of camps and ongoing activities, including house building projects with Habitat for Humanity in rural/regional NSW, bookmaking with young underprivileged children in Sydney’s south west, working at local animal shelters and hospitals and working in local aged care and retirement homes. Those involved in delivery include the college’s founder, Father Chris Riley AM, who also founded Youth off the Streets.

Key College has a reputation for taking on students who are no longer able to engage in mainstream education. This initiative will serve to engage a group of extremely disengaged and marginalised teenagers, providing them with critical life skills.

Key College - Chapel Campus

Merrylands,

youthoffthestreets.com.au/programs/chapel-school