Vinnies Youth (St Vincent de Paul Society) runs youth programs to support young people and their families. The community-based programs offer opportunities to young people in both primary and secondary schools and are facilitated by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers.

The role

The Buddies Day Program is a community engagement program designed to give families support by providing their children with a fun day out as well as an opportunity for volunteers to become positive role models within the community. The program provides opportunities for self-development and inclusive community engagement for both children and volunteers. In addition, many of the families who access the Buddies Day program appreciate the opportunity for the respite.

The Soccer Stars Program is designed to remove barriers to participation in sport by making soccer free, accessible, and inclusive while also creating a positive sporting environment where friendships, confidence and social skills can be developed for all children. The core content for the Soccer Stars Program will be based on developing knowledge and skills relevant to the game of soccer, in addition to promoting the value of sportsmanship. This may include training drills and skill development, teamwork and taking part in soccer matches.

The Sense Program aims to empower secondary school aged young people to develop practical, social, and emotional skills for life by developing a sense of belonging through strengthening social connections and building friendships, promoting wellbeing, resilience, and a sense of responsibility to community and providing positive role models for support and guidance. The program creates opportunities for success through goal setting and positive decision making.

Whilst these programs have fundamental priorities across the state, every program is unique due to the needs that the local community presents. Children and young people who are involved in our programs come from a variety of backgrounds and have been identified as in need of additional support and would benefit from community engagement.

How to apply

More information about requirements, dates, times, and locations for this opportunity can be found on InPlace. Students can also apply to any available opportunity directly through InPlace. For information and tools on how to use InPlace, please refer to 'Applying with InPlace' module in the Community Engagement Canvas Course.

Before applying for an opportunity please ensure:

  • You understand and will follow any COVID-safe practices as determined by ACU, the organisation offering this opportunity or the public health orders of your state.
  • You are willing to undertake further processing as required and acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.
  • You have read the 'Safety and Wellbeing' module in the Community Engagement course.

Opportunities are available in line with the needs of our community partners. If this opportunity is not listed in InPlace it may not be open, it may be at capacity, or you may not be eligible.

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If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact ACU Engagement.

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