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A Young Person’s Rite of Passage: Getting their Driver’s Licence

Help a young person get started on their journey

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A young person’s rite of passage is the independence they receive from having a driver’s licence. For many of us, this may be easy but for some it is not, and yet the tangible and intangible benefits that come to the young person as a result of receiving their licence can be huge.

Our Youth team acknowledged there were a vast majority of the young people we support suffering financial hardship and it was difficult for them to obtain their driving licence. As a result, we have developed a new initiative to support the young people in the Swan region called Drive Up. This pilot program was developed at the end of 2013 consisting of two components; ‘Keys for Life’ driver education training, and Driving Lessons.

From this multi-faceted program, young people can obtain a Learner’s Permit and some are also given access to five professional driving lessons through the Rise Endowment Fund in partnership with Best West Driving School.

Since starting the program, 22 young people have completed the ‘Keys for Life’ training with a 77% pass rate on the Learner’s Permit test. A further, two young people have completed five driving lessons and are on the way to completing their log books.

These programs have proved to be highly successful on so many levels for the young people; supporting their independence and confidence, and created a positive outlook to achieving their future goals.

To find out more about how you can help a young person to get their driver’s licence, click here or contact us at Fundraising@risenetwork.com.au.

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