Youth Employment Initiatives
We all benefit when young people thrive
Families, communities, businesses, governments – we all benefit when young people have the skills they need to transition successfully to meaningful employment.
But nearly 30% of young people in Australia are unemployed or underemployed and this figure is significantly worse in suburbs of postcodes of disadvantage, with early school leavers among the most vulnerable job seekers.
We believe that the postcode people are born in should not determine their destiny, that the causes underlying youth unemployment in communities of disadvantage are complex and that no single organisation can solve these issues alone. We need to work together to ensure every young person thrives at school and in later life.
Our goal is that every school leaver in communities of disadvantage is engaged in a pathway to meaningful employment.
What we’re doing
1. Community collaborations
• understanding local issues through community conversations, correlating data, mapping services and identifying gaps.
• mobilising resources, securing the long-term investment of funds, skills and networks to tackle complex social issues.
• acting in partnership with others to strengthen communities.
• influencing systems change by sharing learning, advocating and scaling community impact locally, nationally and internationally.
2. Products and support
• connecting volunteer mentors from our business partners to high school students and schools in communities of disadvantage.
• Financial Literacy toolkit – a free online curriculum-aligned resource developed after schools reported existing financial literacy resources did not provide resonate with the everyday challenges faced by students in low socio-economic communities. The five modules include teaching guides and student worksheets enabling educators to teach a class on financial literacy to high school students.