Maleny students to get support from new Community & Education Partnership

Maleny State High School students will have the support of a network of organisations with the signing of the Maleny Collaboration Partnership agreement tomorrow.

The partnership, brokered by Queensland Youth Industry Links Inc. (QYIL), aims to prevent and address youth disengagement.

Partnership Broker Deborah Moseley said the signing of the partnership between Hinterland Community Development, Maleny State High School, Maleny Neighbourhood Centre and United Synergies would assist the partners to create and enrich student learning opportunities beyond the classroom and support education leaders to make classroom learning more meaningful for young people.

The partnership has the North Coast Education Regional Office, Youth Support Coordinator, Youth Connections and QYIL Partnership Broker all working in a regionally directed and collaborative approach.

“The partnership will improve access for support services. Working together the partnership will build closer links and collaboration between education, industry and community,” Ms Moseley said.

Maleny High School Principal, Brian King said partnering with the Chamber of Commerce, TAFE and Business & Industry had supported the High School and Flexi School.

Hinterland Community Development, Community Development Worker, Holly Aston said this partnership was a great example of how everyone could all work together to support young people in our community.

The new Partnership Agreement would create ongoing sustainability for the Maleny Collaboration, which provides the best possible opportunities for students to move from school to work.

“Just one of the opportunities that can be achieved through an effective partnership is to address the needs of local business to employ local youth, while also improving the likelihood that students will complete traineeships,” Ms Moseley said.

Maleny Flexi School has been a great partnership between Maleny Neighbourhood Centre and Maleny State High School to support young people to learn in different ways. This flexibility has been developed with the support of United Synergies through the Youth Support programs.

The Partnership Agreement demonstrates the ongoing commitment for these key organisations to continue to work together in ways that support youth. Career education and Youth services are key objectives of this partnership.

QYIL is the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay region provider of the Partnership Brokers Program, funded by the Australian Government, to build partnerships with schools, businesses and community groups and develop partnerships at a strategic level which influence the region’s response to Youth Attainment and Transition. The National Program consists of more than 1,450 active and self-sustaining partnerships involving more than 4,700 partner organisations. New partnerships continue to form every week across Australia.

Image (Left to Right): Ian Fitton from Maleny State High School, Holly Ashton from Hinterland Community Development Association, Tony Lenihan from United Synergies and Angela Griffin from Maleny Neighbourhood Centre.

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