Learning & earning
In 2012 a quarter of Australians aged 18-24 were not studying, learning new skills or working, according to the COAG Reform Council. In the same year, our teenagers were three times more likely to be unemployed than adults.
Youth living in areas of high disadvantage are particularly at risk of disengaging from work or study. If a young man or woman comes from a home where neither parent works, they are less likely to have the family contacts to land that all-important first job. And, without the financial means to access further training they face a double barrier.
Mission Australia has several ways of supporting teenagers who are not earning or learning. We offer structured work experience, mentoring and certified training to give them an idea of what employers expect and the skills they need to get a start.
For rural job seekers a car is essential, so we help young people with limited means to gain their driver’s license and get on the road to independence and job-readiness. We also use art, music and fun, culturally relevant activities to help young people return to school or move into training.
Mission Australia believes there should be greater investment in school-based programs that prepare young people for work, plus ongoing support for teenagers once they land a job.
Support for young people
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These organisations also offer health and wellbeing support for young people:
Youth Social Enterprises
Mission Australia runs social enterprises that help young people to gain the skills and workplace experience they need to find and keep a job.
Social enterprises are simply businesses that make enough money to continue to trade while helping the local community. So the focus is on social outcomes rather than profit.
Apart from giving them the skills that can lead to steady emploment these social enterprises also support youth to overcome the challenges that so often accompany disadvantage.Social enterprises
Find out more about Mission Australia's Annual Youth Survey, or download our research into young people.
Homelessness & social housing support
We believe every person in Australia should have access to safe and secure housing.
Providing security and support is vital to the health and development of children and parents.
Mental wellbeing & disability support
Disability, visible or not, shouldn’t prevent a person from being active in their community.
Employment can benefit a person's health and wellbeing, as well as their financial situation.
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