The School Focused Youth Service is a statewide initiative aimed at ensuring that young people are well supported in their communities and remain engaged and connected to education.

This is achieved by:

  • Creating partnerships and pathways between schools and community organisations to support at risk young people
  • Coordinating the provision of community-based services in partnership with schools and community agencies to address the needs of at risk young people

Program Details

The School Focused Youth Service works to assist schools and community organisations to support vulnerable young people (aged 10 to 18) in government, Catholic and independent schools, as well as those who have disengaged early from mainstream schooling.

In the Macedon Ranges, the School Focused Youth Service operates through Cobaw Community Health and is supported by an Advisory Group (the Macedon Ranges Youth Alliance) with representatives from schools, the Macedon Ranges Shire, the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network (CRLLEN) and Victoria Police.

Cobaw Community Health also supports the School Focused Youth Service in Mount Alexander Shire and Central Goldfields Shire.

Major School Focused Youth Service projects in each of the three Shires are currently in development.

In the Macedon Ranges, emphasis will be on achieving better outcomes with:

  • Integrated service delivery – working with youth-oriented organisations involved with young people in the Macedon Ranges Shire to ensure better communication, the development of partnerships and more streamlined referral processes to ensure the best possible services for young people, particularly the most vulnerable.
  • Primary to secondary school transition – the aim here will be to consult with schools, parents and students about how to ensure that grade 6 students make as successful a transition to secondary school as possible. Part of the work will include examining absentee data from schools and investigating the reasons why some young people become disengaged from schooling around this crucial time.

Program Contact Details

Phone: 1300 026 229 or

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