ConnectEd has partnered with YWCA New South Wales to reach young people in the Sydney Metropolitan, Western Sydney, Shoalhaven, and Northern Rivers regions of New South Wales, Australia. ConnectEd works in communities that have higher levels of youth unemployment and lower levels of income compared to the national average. Youth in these communities face high levels of alcohol, drug and gambling abuse, and domestic violence in their communities. Through ConnectEd, participants have access to a range of accredited vocational training, work experience and work placement opportunities.
Participants build their confidence and knowledge of basic information communications technology (ICT) skills and awareness of internet safety. They also learn relevant workplace skills, including online research skills, Microsoft Office skills and the effective use of online resources. In addition, ConnectEd provides opportunities to develop civic engagement skills that enable young people to make a difference in their communities.
In total, at least 800 youth will participate in ConnectEd in Australia, approximately 50% of whom will be girls.
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The participation of Alcatel-Lucent Australia employees is a crucial feature of ConnectEd in Australia. Employees are influencing the lives of the young people in ConnectEd through mentoring, coaching on work experience or workplace training opportunities, sharing of experiences and teaching of practical skills, leading career workshops and panels, running financial literacy workshops, and participating in the YWCA New South Wales' "Breakfast Buddies" program, which emphasizes the importance of exercise and nutrition.
YWCA New South Wales has been in operation for 130 years and supports vulnerable people across the region when they need it most, regardless of their background.
YWCA New South Wales' approach combines early intervention and education programs with practical support at critical times, and contributes to its overall mission of developing resilient connected people engaged with their community.
Learn more about YWCA NSW at http://www.ywcansw.com.au/