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Youth Reconciliation

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The Youth Reconciliation program offers short term, one-to-one, strengths-based, solution focused counselling as well as family mediation. It is a non-pathologising model centering around collaborating with the young person to identify goals and find workable solutions.

The program assists young people to:

  • talk about family difficulties and/or life experiences
  • work through personal issues (such as anger, separation, loss and grief)
  • explore options for positive change
  • develop strategies to resolve conflict
  • strengthen relationships
  • access family mediation

What does the program offer?

  • One-on-one and family counselling support that is confidential, free, voluntary, short term and solution focused
  • Living skills workshops that are designed to promote personal growth, responsibility and self management
  • Community Development in the form of networking, presentations, workshops, and provision of information related to homelessness, early intervention and prevention
  • Mediation and facilitation of family meetings that support young people to re-establish contact with family, and/or to maintain and strengthen significant relationships
  • Secondary Consultation and team support for Hope Street staff to ensure an holistic approach to service delivery

How can young people enter this program?

Young people must be:

  • 16 - 25 years of age
  • linked to the North and North-West Metropolitan region of Melbourne
  • able to identify any family member (or appropriate person) as having a significant influence on their close relationships, wellbeing or security

Please contact your nearest access point(s) listed on this page to find out more about entering this program.

OUTCOMES SUMMARY

The program provided 60 support episodes during the 2015-16 period with 82% of clients receiving formal counselling support, and the other young people connecting with the program through life skill development group workshops. Through the Youth Reconciliation Practitioner’s work with young people, the program reported the following service outcomes:

  • 75% improvement in a person’s self-esteem
  • 50% enhancement of young people’s interpersonal life skills
  • 40% increase in connections to community
  • 25% enhanced engagement with family
  • 25% improved engagement with education or training
  • 22% increased access to specialist mental health

Learn more about young people's achievements from our program report below.

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