The Youth Pathway Program funded by the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) works with clients at risk or experiencing homelessness. Utilising a client centred and collaborative approach to co-case management, Path 2 Change (P2C) supports young people aged 16 – 25 in collaboration with Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) to ensure a holistic approach to support.
P2C undertakes client centred case planning and develops strategies to address individual barriers that young people may be experiencing when accessing assistance towards education/training and employment opportunities.
P2C supports and promotes education and employment opportunities including direct support to young people and the development of pathways that will be embedded across the SHS sector. P2C has significant relationships with local businesses, and educational and training organisations, which assist young people to access support.
“Brock was referred to the Youth Pathway Program and living in emergency accommodation due to family breakdown. Brock was interested in becoming a mechanic. The staff assisted with developing a resume and interview coaching and applying for positions. Path 2 Change (P2C) provided fuel, and interview clothing to attend interviews. Brock was successful in obtaining full time employment and commenced TAFE for a mechanics course in 2023. P2C provided unforms and equipment for work and Brock was able to secure accommodation due to finding employment.”
Path 2 Change (P2C) in a consortium partnership with Samaritans, Youth Connections and My Foundations, funded by The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) deliver a holistic program that addresses the identified problems of many of the young people leaving Out of Home Care (OOHC), transitioning into homelessness services. The Premier’s Youth Initiative provides a combination of personal advice, education and employment mentoring, transitional accommodation support, and long-term accommodation to help young people successfully transition into independence.
This new and unique approach allows P2C to work with the young people for up to three years, before and during their transition from OOHC, supporting young people with their education, training and employment goals and pathways.
Staff working with Dylan from the PYI program who was in Out of Home Care, Kinship Care placement. Over COVID the client became very depressed and dropped out of school and wouldn’t leave the home or engage with staff. Path 2 Change staff (who never give up!) identified their love for music and organised three music lessons with Hip Hop beats ad music.
Dylan was supported by staff for the first lesson but has been now attending independently. Dylan’s confidence has increased and is ‘getting out of the house!’ which includes enrolling for Music Production with TAFE in early 2023.