The Gungahlin Youth Drop In offers young people aged 12-25 years in the Gungahlin region the opportunity to access youth workers from youth-specific community services, as well as a number of sporting and recreational activities.
The program is a partnership between 6 organisations (Barnardos, Canberra PCYC, The Smith Family, Anglicare, Youth Care Canberra, Multicultural Youth Services) and Harrison School. It was developed in response to the lack of physical presence of youth services in Gungahlin.
The Drop In runs from 3.30pm – 5.30pm on Monday afternoons during the school term at Harrison School Gymnasium. As a result, young people from Gungahlin have access to youth workers, information and referral services, and planned activities that are otherwise not available to them.
‘I believe the partnership will continue because it is not just one person in the school that believes in the collaboration. It is backed by the school leaders and some of the teachers who themselves come and participate in the activities.’
Harrison School and the community service partners have a shared vision for the program. The Drop In is not just for Harrison School students, but for all young people in the Gungahlin community. The school-based youth worker has been promoting the service to other schools and colleges to ensure that this collaboration is maintained and young people from across the Gungahlin Region have knowledge of and assess to the support available to them.
The school also has access and knowledge of a number of youth services that are available in the region to offer support and assistance to their students when needed.
The partnership is possible because of the open honest communication between the school and services. It has the full support from the Harrison School principal, the school-based youth worker and a number of teachers in the school.