Studies have found that young people who leave school early are at greater risk of experiencing long term unemployment, which can lead to many other risk factors including social exclusion, welfare dependence, reduced life satisfaction and mental health problems.
The Keeping Kids Engaged in School project works to increase school attendance and supports families to prioritise education. A working group of organisations oversee and deliver different aspects of the program, which builds resilience in children at primary school and provides support in their transition to secondary school.
The program also engages young people in community activities such as sport and art. We support families to overcome complex issues that may be inhibiting their prioritisation of education, and help to reintegrate young people who are already disengaged from education or training.