Youth Frontier Program (YFP) update

Bungree is pleased to announce that we now have our Youth Frontier Program team recruited and are progressing quickly to establish our internal processes with our referral pathway and resilience partner agencies.

Left to right: Team Leader Luke Allbon, Case Worker Tyson Samuel, Case Worker David Fifita.

As an important next step, we are prioritising the recruitment and interview process of who have expressed an interest to work with our young people as Youth Frontier Program Mentors.

Youth Frontier Program team members are Luke Allbon – Team Leader, and David Fifita and Tyson Samuel as Caseworkers. Each team member brings extensive experience working with young people with backgrounds in education, employment and youth mentoring and engagement.

The YFP aims to engage young people’s strengths by building skills and experience through mentoring support to address barriers to participation, and reduce contact with the justice system. The program approach recognises that protective factors such as positive mental health and community connectedness are critical to wellbeing. The YFP is working to reduce Aboriginal young people’s contact with the youth justice system, and improve life outcomes by:
• Mentoring support and case management
• Opportunities to engage in positive learning and social engagement activities.

Annual Targets – Mentoring
62 young people annually

The YFP target age is 10-17 year old young people at risk or in the juvenile justice system.

Referral Pathway Agencies

The Referral Pathway to the Bungree’s YFP are through NSW Police Youth Specialists, ACLO and PCYC staff, Youth Justice staff, Department of Education and AECG, Central Coast Local Health District – Youth Teams and Youth Specialist Homelessness Services.

The referral pathways are linked pathways that identify young people who need support and are more likely to be experiencing mental health issues, substance misuse and disengagement from school and community.

If you have a client that is also managed by one of the referral agencies then please discuss with them regarding a referral to the program. At this stage the program we will only be accepting referrals through these pathways.

Resilience Programs – School and Community Based

External agencies are invited to speak with the team regarding referrals to the Resilience Programs – both school and community-based.