MRC North operates several support programs specifically for youth:
Youth Tutor Program
The Youth Tutor Program operates during school terms and provides one on one or small group tuition. The Tutor Program can be accessed by secondary, college, TAFE and university students from a migrant background. Volunteer tutors offer assistance with homework and school assignments across all disciplines. The Tutor Program can also be utilised for specialist tuition such as tertiary level Maths or English proficiency. The tutoring sessions are conducted twice weekly after school hours at the MRC North computer room at 97 Cameron Street.
The Youth Tutor Program is offered for an average of 120 hours of tutoring annually with 40 tutors and 100s of students. For many students, the tutor program has become a regular drop-in environment where they feel comfortable and supported in their education journey on their path to achieve success.
If you feel you would like to volunteer as a tutor you will be rewarded by passionate and energetic students. Call MRC North on 6332 2211 to find out more about becoming a youth tutor.
Youth Pathway Planning Program
The Youth Pathway Planning Program supports young people (16-25 years) with the completion of education, developing work skills, finding employment and achieving positive social outcomes.
During 2017, there were 71 female and 67 male participants in the program. A small number of participants had been in Tasmania for less than one year, around 45% had been in the State for between one and five years and a corresponding percentage had been residents of Tasmania for more than five years. This indicates that settling into a new country can be a long process with many challenges to be faced particularly for young people who arrived with their families when they were small children. The Youth Pathway Planning Program has been a wonderful asset for the multicultural communities in Launceston.
Young people can self refer or be referred to the program by an MRC worker or another service provider. Young people commit to a minimum of six months in the program. During that time they receive individual and small group support to focus on short and long term goals and develop new skills. Youth Pathway Planning provides supported opportunities for young people to connect with other individuals, groups and organisations in their areas of interest.
The Youth Pathways Program is funded by the Tasmanian Community Fund.
Youth Advisory Network (YAN)
Membership of the Youth Advisory Network (YAN) is open to young people aged 18-25 years through an application and interview process. YAN fosters leadership, the participation of young people within their communities and provides a voice for young people on local and global issues and events.
As a YAN Member, there are opportunities to participate and facilitate information sharing forums and workshops that promote healthy lifestyles. Members meet once a month to share ideas, plan activities and support other young people.
YAN Activities regularly include Harmony Day, Palm Sunday Walk for Refugees, activities and outings, young leaders’ camps, youth workshops and conferences, participation in Youth Week and Youth Makers’ markets.
For more information on any of the Youth Programs, please call the office on 6332 2211.