Plaza Youth Centre INC
What does this organisation do?
Plaza Youth Centre is a not-for profit community-based organisation that is funded by DCSI, Community Support Services Program (CSSP) & STAY Services to Aboriginal Youth (STAY) to provide a service to a diverse group of disadvantaged, vulnerable young people aged between 10-25 years in particular Aboriginal whom come from a low- socio economic background. Plaza develops and runs a number of early intervention, preventative and employability programs including a professional Case Management/Aboriginal Mentoring service in collaboration with other agencies. Plaza also provides fun activities during the school holidays (help comeback boredom an anti-social behaviours during the school holidays) and a Drop-In Service every Friday and alternate Saturdays from 6pm-9pm so that young people whom would generally roam the streets had an alternate safe environment to access with access to fun recreational activities and refreshments. Since Plaza's age group is quite large; Plaza programs are designed age appropriate i.e. Adult Community Education (ACE) Literacy/Numeracy/Employability courses are ran during normal school hours that targets young adults aged 17-25 years including social/life skills programs whilst other programs targeting school aged students are delivered on school sites and/or at Plaza after school. Plaza’s Case Management/ Aboriginal Mentoring Services are run throughout the week.
Young people disengaged from education and work
We all want the best for our children and young people but the evidence suggests that if young people are not engaged with work or education their future wellbeing is in jeopardy. They are more likely to experience social and economic disadvantage, poorer physical and mental health and be at risk of social exclusion in the short and longer term.
Low income families and the long term unemployed
Employment is a significant factor in our wellbeing. Employment provides financial independence, improves our physical and mental health, expands our social networks and builds our skills.
On the flip side, long term unemployment or underemployment negatively impacts our wellbeing. It contributes to poor mental and physical health, social isolation and poverty. And it can negatively impact the wellbeing of our children.