Learning and 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.
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.
- Learn more about our social enterprises
Support for young Australians
The following organisations offer health and wellbeing support for young people:
- Kids Helpline - call 1800 55 1800.
- Youth Beyond Blue
- Reach Out and Headspace
- The Butterfly Foundation
- Lifeline - call 13 11 14
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Founding Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'