Engaging, connecting and inspiring young people.
SydWest offers a fun and comprehensive youth program for young refugees, humanitarian entrants and migrants who are settling into Australia.
The youth targets 12 to 25 year olds living in the Blacktown and Penrith LGAs.
We offer the following services and programs
Our youth case workers help to empower young people who are new to the country by helping them to access services for themselves and find information that will enhance their own lives. We also provide referrals, advocacy and individual and group consultation as well as information sessions on youth-related topics.
Homework Support & Study Centres
Our two homework centres at Blacktown and Mt Druitt provide support to primary and high school students from a range of cultural backgrounds who have been in Australia less than 6 years. Tutors from the local community provide academic and social support.
Young people from different cultural backgrounds are encouraged to take part in our Football (soccer) program at our weekly indoor football program at Kevin Betts Stadium in Mt Druitt. We also take groups to local football games across Sydney. Our Football Youth regularly participate in high-profile competitions. Professional training clinics with the Western Sydney Wanderers are held quarterly.
Young girls from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to participate in weekly social basketball at Kevin Betts Stadium in Mt Druitt. Training sessions held weekly for girls aged 12-25 years. The Friendly Stars team also participates in the local Tuesday night Junior Girls for those aged 15-25 years.
School Holiday Activities
Excursions, leadership camps, swimming programs and arts and crafts sessions are just some of the things our youth groups get up to in the school holidays. School holiday activities are designed to meet the social needs of young people from different cultural backgrounds.
Youth in Transition
The project supports disengaged young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to prepare for employment and to establish themselves in the labour market by improving their connection and access to employment services and programs. The project includes:
- Education and employment pathway workshops (apprenticeships and traineeship programs)
- Referrals to relevant agencies
- Information sessions on the Australian education system and
- Employment training with Western Sydney Institute of TAFE (resume writing, job search skills, job interview skills, employment related computer skills and career planning.
Youth conferences, festivals and barbeques are just some of the special youth events we hold each year to engage, educate and inspire young people and to promote community engagement and social cohesion.
Working with schools
We partner with organisations and work with local schools with high CALD student populations to develop resilience building and life skills programs. These programs enhance the ability of refugee students to cope with the Australian school system and to deal with difficult situations in a positive way.