EDUCATION FOR LIFE VOLUNTEER AND LEADERSHIP SHOWCASE

EDUCATION FOR LIFE VOLUNTEER AND LEADERSHIP SHOWCASE

Posted on 25. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, Victoria

Every government school Year 9 student will be given the chance to take their volunteering to the next level at a new Education for Life: Year 9 Experience Volunteer and Leadership Showcase, Premier John Brumby said today.

Mr Brumby said the showcase, to be held at a venue like Etihad Stadium or the Royal Exhibition Centre, would be held annually in November or December to reinforce the values and the lessons of the Year 9 Experience and give young Victorians opportunities to build on the experience through their lives.

Education for Life: the Year 9 Experience will run for a school term, focusing on life skills such as leadership training, saving and budgeting, volunteering, community service and bushfire awareness – to build resilience and independence among our young people.

A key component of the Year 9 Experience will be students undertaking at least 30 hours of volunteering.

Joining Education and Skills Minister Bronwyn Pike, and Member for Mount Waverley Maxine Morand at Glen Waverley Secondary College to make the announcement, Mr Brumby said key features of the Year 9 Experience Volunteer and Leadership Showcase, included:

  • A showcase of volunteer-based organisations, so that young people can sign up to continue their community service and volunteering;
  • An inspirational speaker with a national or international profile, to reinforce the leadership, life-skills and spirit of community service of the Year 9 experience; and
  • An opportunity to share with other students the experiences and lessons of the past year.

 

“We want to give young Victorians an experience they will never forget,” Mr Brumby said.

“I am determined to deliver a fresh way of teaching our Year 9 students to equip them for the world that awaits them.

“We will transform the way we teach Year 9, and focus on giving young Victorians the life skills they need to become good adults.

“Volunteering with our great emergency service agencies or charities for at least 30 hours will help teach young people about respecting their communities by putting back in, as well as being a terrific opportunity for volunteer organisations to recruit potentially lifelong volunteers.”

Labor has pledged to invest around $2000 extra per Year 9 student for secondary schools across Victoria to deliver the Year 9 Experience and employ more teachers and support staff.

The Year 9 Experience will run for a school term and will be an intensive personal development and life-skills program taking students out of the traditional classroom setting and providing new experiences and challenges.

The centrepiece will be a two-week camp where students will build on their new skills and develop strong bonds with their classmates. Students will also have the opportunity to complete certificate courses with the Country Fire Authority (CFA), State Emergency Service (SES), Life Saving Victoria and St John Ambulance.

The Year 9 Experience will commence in one third of Government secondary schools in 2012, with that number to increase to 60 per cent in 2013 and all Government schools in 2014.

Education for Life: Year 9 Experience Volunteer and Leadership Showcase – $3 million over four years

  • The Showcase will aim to inspire young people starting their Year 9 Experience, with bands and guest speakers who’ve made a mark in their fields to address students;
  • It will also provide a showcase of volunteer-based organisations so that young people can sign-up to continue their community service and volunteering; and
  • Organisations such as the Country Fire Authority, the State Services Authority, St John Ambulance, Life Saving Victoria, aged care providers, international aid organisations and many more will be invited to exhibit at the Expo.

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