youth programs

All our youth programs, activities and events are designed and delivered to support young people to develop a strong sense of self-worth and belonging. Our outcomes are focused on self-determination, empowerment, and an increased feeling of belonging to community, family, and school.

We provide young people aged 12 - 24 years opportunities to develop and partake in activities and programs that cater to their needs, interests and strengths. These include:

  • Life skills programs (including employability skills)
  • Social support programs
  • Events
  • School Engagement Programs
  • Information, referral and support

Give us call on 02 9626 5312 for more information on how our youth programs.

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SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS

During school terms BACC facilitates a School Engagement Program to High Schools in the Blacktown Local Government Area that works with students who are at risk of disengagement from School.
TOPIC OUTCOMES: by the end of the sessions, students will:
Getting to know you
  • Build new friendships/supports (including a rapport with group facilitators)
  • Create a safe learning environment for future sessions
  • Gain an understanding of what the school engagement program entails
Communication
  • Feel more confident when speaking in a group setting and/or in public
  • Learn a variety of effective ways to share information
  • Communicate their thoughts and feelings with others
Healthy Relationships
  • Identify various forms of violence
  • Develop skills to reduce aggressive and/or violent behaviours
  • Better understand their own emotional responses
  • Learn various problem solving skills
Assaults and Bullying
  • Know how to approach conversations with friends and peers
  • Learn and develop actions to take when someone or themselves are struggling
Mental Health
  • Know how to approach conversations with friends and peers
  • Learn and develop actions to take when someone or themselves are struggling
Resilience
  • Develop a variety of tools to assist them to meet and overcome challenges
Hygiene (available for female, male or unisex classrooms)
  • Learn the importance of good/healthy hygiene to prevent infections and diseases
  • Learn the importance of talking to health professionals about unknown changes to their bodies
  • Be able to identify healthy and unhealthy hygiene habits
  • Have knowledge of services who can assist them with health and hygiene
Nutrition and Fitness
  • Be able to identify the 5 different food groups
  • Have examples of healthy meals to make at home
  • Learn valuable skills in maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Learn simple and equipment free exercise routines to complete at home
Alcohol and other Drugs
  • Learn the laws around consuming alcohol
  • Understand the consequences of driving under the influence and coming up with a plan B
  • Be able to identify the difference between legal and illegal drugs and the effects they have on the body
  • Have knowledge of services in the Blacktown LGA who can assist them with alcohol and other drug issues
How to support a friend
  • Learn what stress, anxiety and extreme sadness can look like for different people
  • Learn the importance of reaching out for help and not taking on more than you can handle
  • Learn how to support a friend experiencing stress, anxiety or extreme sadness
  • Have knowledge of services in the Blacktown LGA who can assist with stress, anxiety and feeling extremely sad
Gaming and Gambling
  • Understand the difference between Gaming and Gambling
  • Understand what problem gambling is and the types of gambling
  • Know the harms, risks and negative effects gambling has on the individual, their friends, and families.
  • Be able to identify the dangers that result from gambling addictions
  • Have knowledge of services who can assist them with the gambling addiction
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