Next Step Program

Organisation

Rotary Club of Richmond Next Step Trust

Project

Next Step Program

Location/Municipality

Richmond - Yarra Region

Grant

Pathways to Employment 11 - 12

The Richmond Rotary Club is in District 9800 which is made up of 70 Rotary Clubs located both in the central areas of Melbourne, and many country centres to the west of the city, including Bendigo, Echuca-Moama and Werribee.

Rotary is an organisation of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help to build goodwill and peace across communities.

The Rotary NEXT STEP Program is offered to young people who have participated in and completed the Rotary Youth Arts Project and or are recommended by their schools. The young people originate from a diverse range of backgrounds. Without exception, they all have had some form of traumatic experience.

Students typically enter the program in Year 10, some in Year 9 and 11, and are matched to a mentor either through Big Brothers Big Sisters, or Whitelion. They are provided with individualised case management and they work together on clarifying their career goals.

The project aims increase on going support from 42 to 55 young people through their transition from school to employment for 3 years with:

  • case management
  • mentoring and guidance
  • work experience
  • further education and education subsidy
  • life skills training and finding the first job

In addition on being trained in How to get a Job they receive training in How to Manage Money and Effective Communications. Rotary also arranges Learner Driving Training and First Aid Training.

Visit the Richmond Rotary Club website to learn more about their community organisation.