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Fun-filled school holiday program

The Rise Youth Team have a fun-filled planned for the July Break. 

In the first week the team will run a workshop to teach young people aged 12-17 how to cook some staple dinner foods, and maybe even some fun deserts too! Then they’re off to Ballajura to celebrate NAIDOC with a day of fun activities at The Dungeon Youth Centre.

In the second week, young people will have the opportunity to learn about healthy relationships through fun and engaging workshops – and, if that’s not their thing, there’ll be a dedicated sports workshop running at the same time! Then later that week it’s back to Ballajura for a joint activity run by a number of youth centres across the City of Swan!

To attend, please send through a July Permission Slip to Emily Wilding at Emily.wilding@risenetwork.com.au. Further  information can be found here: Handout for Parents July 2019

For any questions, call Emily on 0448 067 925.

Please note: Spaces are limited for excursions; priority will be given based on the order permission slips are returned.

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Fair Game engage young people at Stratton Edge

Fair Game has been a hit at Stratton Edge Youth Centre, engaging the young people in a variety of sports.

Fair Game gets young people active

Facilitated by Matt and Tom, Fair Game has been attending Stratton Edge Youth Centre every fortnight.

Fair Game gets communities active through participation in unique sport-based team games, fitness challenges, dance, Indigenous Yoga and wellness programs.

We are lucky enough to have them attending every two weeks, until the middle of 2019!

Rise Youth Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said the sessions were well attended, with lots of different sport options.

The young people are really enjoying the sessions. The facilitators are super engaging and we are lucky to have them.

On Monday when it wasn’t raining they were outside playing boom ball. When it was raining they were inside having a pool competition, and playing chess.

The young people have also played dodgeball, and we hear soccer is the next request!

This is a great way to burn off energy, but also develop team-building skills through sport.

As a bonus, there are also prizes every session!

Stratton Edge Youth Centre is located in Stratton and cater for young people aged 12 to 17 years. The centre is open Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm during term. We also run a school holiday program!

Rise young people

Rise provides a number of services for young people. This includes a youth centre, safe house and helping teenagers to get their driver’s licence. Read more here.

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Rise gets recycling thanks to poster reminder

The environment is at the front of our minds this week as Rise gets recycling thanks to some great poster reminders.

Rise gets recycling

Young people attending the Stratton Edge Youth Centre created some great posters recently in a bid to inspire better recycling.

Youth Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said a recycling workshop was held.

We have been trying to inspire the young people at the centre to recycle their recyclables!

The young people were already pretty good discerning which items went on which poster, with only a little helping hand, and some heavy discussion about certain items, some of which the young people corrected staff on!

Skye said the posters covered the obvious rubbish and recycling. During the workshop, the group also added donate and compost posters.

They used old magazines and papers to create the collages. Skye said she hoped it sparked some environmentally conscious actions!

We will now have posters created by the young people above the rubbish and recycling bins in the youth centre and hopefully create a more environmentally friendly youth centre – maybe some of the tips will even make it back home!

Rise youth

Rise provides a number of services for youth. This includes a youth centre, safe house, transitional centre and helping teenagers to get their driver’s licence. Read more here.

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New mural complete at Stratton Edge

A new mural at Stratton Edge Youth Centre is now complete!

Stratton Edge Youth Centre is located in Stratton and provided a drop-in space and activities for young people aged 12-17 years.

New mural

Work on the mural began in June, under the guidance of artist Lea Taylor.

One wall inside the centre has now been transformed completely! The mural shows the six Aboriginal seasons, which are very colourfully represented! The young people at the centre helped to paint this over two months, and had input into the design.

Youth Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld it was great to see the project come to life.

We have been working to make the youth centre a more open and inviting space, and this is just one part of that. The mural has made such a difference to the feel of the centre.

Lea has done an amazing job and the young people had a great time getting creative.It’s awesome that everyone was able to contribute and leave their mark on the centre.

The Youth Centre will host an open day for the community later this year, where people can view the mural in person.

Rise youth

Rise provides a number of services for youth. This includes a youth centre, safe house, transitional centre and helping teenagers to get their driver’s licence. Read more here.

Australian Defence Force visit inspires young people

A recent visit by the Australian Defence Force has inspired lots of young people!

Chef Laura and pilot trainee Caston stopped by Stratton Edge Youth Centre recently to share their experiences.

It was part of the school holiday activities run by Rise.

Australian Defence Force drops by

The young people got to hear about a huge range of opportunities the force offers. They heard all about Laura being a chef on board submarines.

She regularly travels from Perth to Singapore under the sea, which usually takes about 10 days. Laura shared how all staff are trained in many different areas so that they can rely on each other to fix anything in the sub.

Meanwhile, one of our young people was particularly interested in the adventures of Caston and how he went through the recruitment process.

The young person said she had a fantastic day and learnt a lot!

We got to look at all their uniforms, helmets and vests and they told us what goes in each section and how much it weighs.

Caston was also telling us about his experience in the training field in flying the aircrafts and told us about his time in Afghanistan.

It was the best day ever because being in the Airforce has been one of my biggest dreams for such a long long time and getting to meet someone in the Airforce really opened my eyes to what he had to say about his experience.

I now realise how long it takes to even get into one of those planes, this has just made me want to this even more. I can’t wait to get into one of those planes and start flying!

Wow, what an inspiring session, we can’t wait to see this young person follow her dreams!

Rise Youth

Rise provides a number of services for youth. This includes a youth centre, safe house, transitional centre and helping teenagers to get their driver’s licence. Read more here.

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July school holidays a blast at Rise

Young people have had a blast during the July school holidays with Rise hosting a variety of activities.

From workshops to excursions, there was something for all the young people to enjoy.

July school holidays

Our Youth Centre, Stratton Edge, is based in Stratton and caters for 12-17 year olds.

The holidays kicked off with a sexual health workshop. This was the last in a series of four. Sexting, sexuality and gender diversity were discussed. Morgan from WA AIDS even brought goodie bags for all participants.

This was followed by a pizza and movie night at the youth centre! The Simpsons Movie was the movie of choice.

A few days later, Paula from RAC stopped by to talk about drink and drug driving. There were some interactive activities that were very informative. The group also watched a clip of a real life story showing what happened to a young person when they were drink driving.

We then had the second last mural painting session. It is coming together beautifully! When complete the centre will have a brand new mural inside showing the six Aboriginal seasons.

Pool tournament gets serious

Youth Program Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said the next session got a little intense with a pool tournament!

We had seven, 20-minute pool games, which had even the youth workers sweating in anticipation.

The last activity for the holidays was a trip to Town of Bassendean’s NAIDOC Week celebrations at Ashfield Reserve.

The young people ran around for an hour, getting airbrush tattoos, looking at the stalls and traditional dance performances.

After that we went to Subway for lunch and then checked out the Scarborough skate park.

Rise Youth

Rise provides a number of services for youth. This includes a youth centre, safe house, transitional centre and helping teenagers to get their driver’s licence. Read more here.

NAIDOC Week 2018

Rise celebrates NAIDOC Week 2018

Rise had a wonderful week across Perth celebrating NAIDOC Week 2018.

We had stands at several community events, and we attended even more!

The theme for the week was “Because of her we can” and celebrated remarkable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The Week ran from 8-15 July across the whole country.

NAIDOC Week 2018

The week started with football! Our Moorditj Mia group based in Koongamia were invited to a special lunch by Swan Districts Football Club. The group enjoyed a special lunch and guest speaker.

Moorditj Mia Coordinator Sherri Bagshaw said the ladies had a fabulous day out and were grateful to be invited.

It was a really great day. They got to sit in the sponsors box and watch the game after the lunch and they had front row seats.

On Tuesday, the Moorditj Mia group were involved with the City of Swan NAIDOC celebrations at Midland Oval. They had a range of artworks and creations on show, as well as information about what we provide.

Nearby, the Rise Youth team also had a stand! The team dolled out fake tattoos, spreading the word about tattoo safety. A giant Connect 4 set was a great way to engage youth people on the theme of the week. We got to chat about the women that have inspired them.

Deadly Jobs

At Ashfield Reserve, Rise took part in the Town of Bassendean’s celebrations for the first time. We had a stall inside the Deadly Jobs tent, engaging with potential workers about Rise. Our Aboriginal Employment Consultant Charmaine Bartlett said it was a wonderful day, with lots of meaningful conversations.

The Deadly Jobs Expo for NAIDOC Week was a great event and for Rise another success story.

Jobseekers and other community members received information and the opportunity to talk to some of the staff that represented Rise on the day.

In the southern suburbs, Our Moorditj Social Group attended the NAIDOC Week celebrations in Memorial Park. The group enjoyed the dancing, and delicious lunch provided. The weather even held out too!

Rise cultural experience

Rise recently employed an Aboriginal Employment Consultant. Charmaine Bartlett is working to increase Aboriginal numbers in our workforce, and make our service attractive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

We are proud to celebrate all cultures and be inclusive for all. You can read more about our plans here.

Youth Minister Peter Tinley visit Kira House

Youth Minister Peter Tinley visits Kira House

Youth Minister Peter Tinley took some time to visit Kira House recently and check out our facilities.

Youth Minister visits

Minister Tinley was shown around Kira House by three current residents.

Kira House is a six-bed unit where we support young women aged 14-18 years escaping family and domestic violence.

We give them a safe place to live, we teach life skills and we instil hope. Because these women are so young, and have years ahead of them to achieve their goals.

Youth manager Dawn McAleenan said it was wonderful to see the women share their goals and dreams with the Minister.

They told the minister about their personal experience which has lead them to be at the house.

One young woman told the minister how she didn’t see much of a future for herself before coming to the house but through the support of staff and the encouragement she has had, she now feels like she has a thousand different options and she is looking forward to achieving her dream of finishing school and going to university.

One of the young ladies in the house has dreams of becoming a politician herself.

She got a chance to ask the Minister about his portfolio, and peppered him with questions about the current youth strategy!

Rise Youth

Rise provides a number of services for youth. This includes a youth centre, safe house, transitional centre and helping teenagers to get their driver’s licence. Read more here.

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Students learn about homelessness

Year 12 students at Lynwood Senior High School have been learning about homelessness.

The Rise Youth Team dropped by recently to address the class.

Students learn about homelessness

The school is taking part in a Social Impact ‘Shark Tank’. This program helps students develop a greater understanding of the world around them.

The students chose to look at the topic of homelessness. Rise was asked to be a guest speaker given our work in the area.

Youth Manager Dawn McAleenan and student Tayla Webb gave the students an overview of barriers to accomodation. Here are some of the key facts they presented:

  • Young people aged 12-25 years are the highest group of homeless people, accounting for 32% of the total homeless population
  • One quarter of young people have experienced out of home care
  • The majority of homeless young people are hidden, meaning they are more likely to be couch surfing.

Dawn said this is a very important topic for young people.

At Kira House we support a number of young people that are homeless each year. This is no surprise given family and domestic violence is the major reason this group of young women become homeless in the first place.

Sometimes all it takes is a little extra support for someone to get over the curve balls life throws.

We see every day the resilience of these young women and the success they continue to make in their lives which is nothing less than inspirational.

Homelessness project

As part of the students’ learning, they will develop projects which could be good solutions to homelessness.

Dawn will return in two months to hear the ideas they have worked on.

Rise is proud to be part of this project and inspire the next generation of social change makers. We look forward to hearing what they come up with!

Youth Services

Rise provides a number of services for youth. This includes a youth centre, safe house, transitional centre and helping teenagers to get their driver’s licence. Read more here.

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Dawn an emerging leader in WA

The Youth Manager at Rise has completed an emerging leader course in WA.

Dawn McAleenan recently graduated from the Emerging Young Leaders in Governance Program.

Emerging leader

The Emerging Young Leaders Program develops young leaders (under 40 years) and creates opportunities for them to succeed on Boards of Governance in the aged care and community sector.

The program accepts 20 young leaders onto its competitive program each year. They attend:

  • leadership training
  • structured events
  • learning and development opportunities
  • board meetings
  • mentoring sessions.

Dawn said she had found the program very valuable.

This program has taught me lots about board governance within the not for profit sector. I have also had made some great contacts along the way.

I would like to thank the board at WACOSS for allowing me to observe a meeting and for Louise Giolitto, CEO at WACOSS, for taking the time to be my mentor.

Program Facilitator Alicia Curtis said the graduates had worked very hard during the course.

Well done to participants. Your dedication, expertise and passion for the community sector is inspiring. I know you will make exceptional board directors.

Well done Dawn, we are so proud of you! We can’t wait to see you rock the socks off a board and make an impact.

Youth Services

Rise provides a number of services for youth. This includes a youth centre, safe house, transitional centre and helping teenagers to get their driver’s licence. Read more here.