Services covering the City of Greater Dandenong,
City of Casey and Cardinia Shire
Dandenong Education Program
The Dandenong Education program has been running for over 10 years. It is a free service that specialises in offering weekly social, emotional and academic support to students from all walks of life. Over 50 volunteers work each week with up to 150 students from backgrounds that include refuges, new migrants and disadvantaged families. The program is framed through the theory of a “growth mindset” and runs every Saturday morning during government school terms. During Covid restrictions the program has moved online and is running twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday form 3.45-5pm.
The Leaving Care Mentoring program operates in the Southern Metro Region of Melbourne. The aim of the program is to connect vulnerable young people 15 - 20 yrs old, in the Out-of-Home Care system with an adult role model to enhance positive, pro-social integration into the community when approaching independent living.
The role of a mentor can vary depending on a young person's individual needs. For example, a mentor may assist with linking a young person to a community social group or recreational activities, assist them with education or training opportunities, or support them with developing living skills and provide general life guidance. Young people on the program will meet with their mentor in the community once per week for a minimum 12 month duration.
The Berry Street School is a specialist independent secondary (Years 7 - 12) school. We work from a model of Trauma-Informed Positive Education, which encompasses a structured vision of wellbeing in the school and therapeutic principles of teaching and learning. Due to traumatic experiences, our students often have significant gaps in academic achievement and have found it difficult to learn in a group setting, presenting with behavioural and social problems in school. The Berry Street School provides students with an individual education plan encompassing holistic support and offering intensive literacy, numeracy and personal development programs.