Portland Re-engagement Program
The Portland Re-engagement Program was established as a community response to concerns about the number of young people in our municipality who have become disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from education. Some of our Program’s present students have had interrupted schooling; others have not been in educational programs for some time.
One way or another all have faced challenges to their learning. As education plays a critical role in ensuring good outcomes in adult life the Program has been developed to give them the chance to complete their education and thereby improve their opportunities in life.
Click here to read two sucess stories from the PSC Re-engagement students.
We believe that the Program’s strength lies in its wrap-around, holistic approach to helping these young people. A focus of our work will be determining how best to cater for these students in mainstream educational settings, or indeed, whether alternative re-engagement programs should be available to all schools and resourced appropriately to enable them to achieve the goals set out in The Melbourne Declaration on educational Goals for Young Australians:
Our parents, carers and families are critical to the school-community partnership that guides and supports our Program. Their commitment and belief that together we can make a difference for these young people will be the key to enduring and successful outcomes for each of our students.
In August 2012, the Steering Committee presented a program update to Community Partners, Parents and Carers to celebrate the Program sucesses. Download the Program Update here.