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Links to Learning

Links to Learning is a program funded by the NSW Government and administered by the NSW Department of Education. Under the 2017 – 2019 Links to Learning Community Grants Program, Pathfinders has been approved  to deliver targeted programs to students in Year 6 through Year 11 who are at risk of disengaging from learning in the Barwon and the Northern Tablelands school districts.

Projects have been developed in line with Program Guidelines and in collaboration with local schools.

The Program emphasises the importance of completing schooling to achieve future hopes and aspirations and will reach disengaged students via a range of hands-on evidence-informed activities focused around mediums with strong appeal such as drumming, music, art and the outdoors.  Delivered in a highly interactive and powerful way, the intent is that participants develop life-changing thinking that will positively impact on future behaviour and decisions.

Pathfinders therapeutic approach to youth development within the RAP philosophy Circle of Courage, which looks at youth development and welfare through the four elements – Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity was used as inspiration during the project’s development.

Objectives of the Links to Learning Community Grants Program

Key objectives of the Links to Learning Community Grants Program include:

  1. CONNECT– schools identify appropriate students in partnership with funded organisations. Other agencies may be aware of students who would benefit from this support. However, all referrals must be made through a participating school.
  2. ENGAGE – students are actively engaged in meaningful activities delivered by the funded organisations.
  3. LEARN – students are provided with learning opportunities aimed at improving their education, employment and life skills. The delivery of recognised credentials is an important part of many courses.
  4. PLAN – individualised plans are developed collaboratively with students to identify goals and strategies for their transition from Links to Learning projects to their base school.
  5. TRANSITION – students are supported in implementing their individual plan for successfully transitioning from Links to Learning projects to their base school.

Latest News

09 Jun 2021

Reconciliation Week Celebrations

Pathfinders was involved in a number of Reconciliation Week activities last week   Corroboree Magic, a community made mosaic, was officially unveiled today to coincide with the end of Reconciliation Week. Having worked together to complete the art piece, Kempsey Shire Council, Community Housing Ltd, Kempsey Neighbourhood Centre and the Dunghutti Elders Council were pleased... View Article

26 May 2021

Shared Lives

Next Weekend – 5th and 6th June, Pathways will be holding Shared Lives training in Coffs Harbour! This training is for new and prospective Foster Carers! Register before 2nd June to attend

29 Apr 2021

Taree Community Outreach Expo

Last week Pathfinders along with the PNABC attended the Taree Community Outreach Expo. This was a great day where local outreach programs were all able to get together to engage, answer questions and promote their services to the community. There were a dozen community programs present that gave Pathfinders not only the opportunity to connect... View Article

28 Apr 2021

Youth Week Activities

Last week was Youth Week and Pathfinders was engaged in a few different community celebrations to commemorate the week. On Thursday the sun came out in Inverell in time for Pathfinders Inverell Family and Youth Support Services (IFYSS)  ‘colour run’. Children and young adults wore white shirts and ran around the oval at Cameron Park.... View Article