Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 4418 NEWSBOYS FOUNDATION ANNUAL REPORT 2016 GRANTS SOUTH EAST COMMUNITY LINKS Multicultural Homework Support and Social Connection Program South East Community Links provided a homework club and social connection opportunities for young people to be involved in various sport, recreation and social activities. The program attracts large numbers of newly arrived young people who need that extra support with their homework tasks as many of them have had disrupted education in the past. The program encourages opportunities for education and career development, while connecting them to social, recreational, sporting and volunteering opportunities that foster a healthy self-esteem and a sense of belonging within the community. ST KILDA GATEHOUSE Young Women’s Project The Young Women’s Project, based in Dandenong, aims to reduce the risk of young women experiencing commercial sexual exploitation. A centre was established to provide a safe place for young women to attend and receive intensive support including group work, therapeutic work, outreach support, and volunteer mentor support. In addition, the specialist Gatehouse team worked with other service providers to help the other services learn about how to best work with young women who are at risk of, or involved in, commercial sexual exploitation. THE SONG ROOM Youth Engagement Program The Song Room conducts music programs in disadvantaged schools and communities to help students re-engage with education. The Youth Engagement Program targeted 15-20 marginalised young people from Bayside College, Williamstown, in year 9 who were at risk of leaving secondary school. The Song Room delivered an in-school creative arts program consisting of weekly workshops and a creative community project that provided experiences and skills to help students remain at school. The program aimed to increase the students’ confidence and re-engage them with learning. TOMORROW TODAY EDUCATION FOUNDATION Wanna Play But Can’t Pay The Tomorrow Today Education Foundation is long-term comprehensive initiative that aims to break the cycle of disadvantage in the Benalla region. The Wanna Play But Can’t Pay program takes a whole- of-community approach to supporting children and young people to experience success in education and in life. The program provided financial and social support to increase the participation of up to 200 young people aged 11-18 in sporting, recreational and cultural activities. The program increases the health and well-being of young people and their connection to the local community. This successful initiative builds on previous work supported by the Newsboys Foundation. VERMONT SOUTH SPECIAL SCHOOL Camping Program for Students with an Intellectual Disability Vermont South Special School provides a range of activity camps as an alternative and complimentary learning environment for students with disabilities, with a focus on preparing children for life. Activities are designed to improve students’ social, communication, teamwork and independent-living skills. Newsboys’ support ensured that all young people were able to take part in the camps, regardless of their family’s socio- economic status. The Song Room Tomorrow Today Education Foundation