New School of Arts program coordinator Colleen Kennedy in front of photos of previous program participants.
New School of Arts program coordinator Colleen Kennedy in front of photos of previous program participants.

Funding to keep kids in school

THE New School of Arts Neighbourhood House will welcome a $90,000 grant to help with a local project aimed at keeping young people in school this year.

Students will be helped in areas such as reading, writing, setting education and career goals, and developing work skills to help those at risk of leaving school.

Minister for Education and Training Verity Firth said the funding would support about 3500 high school students who are at risk of dropping out of school or those who have left school early and are not studying or training.

“We want to ensure all of our young people make the most of their education and understand all of the learning and career options available to them,” she said.

Program coordinator for the New School of Arts, Colleen Kennedy, said the pathway program was heading into its eleventh year of operation and had proven very successful.

“It is a great program that gets kids back on their feet,” she said

“The students respond well to the program and the majority we have signed up to TAFE to continue their studies.”

The grants, which were awarded under the NSW Government’s Links to Learning program, contributed $7.6 million to 78 community groups.

Students wishing to look into the program can get information from their school or contact the New School of Arts for enrolment details.



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