IMVC delivers Springboard to the Western Region for the Department of Human Services, in consortium with Westgate Community Initiatives Group (WCIG) and Djerriwarrh Community and Education Services.
What is Springboard?
The Springboard program provides a service to young people who are, or have been, in residential out-of-home care, between 15 and 21 years of age, who are disengaged from education, training or employment. The young person has to be subject to a CSO or a guardianship order on or after their 16th birthday. Springboard is strongly connected to existing transition and post care services. It is a specialist service for these particularly vulnerable young people within the leaving care population.
Aim of the program
Springboard provides a variety of services which include:
- flexible outreach and case work that will assist young people to successfully engage, or re-engage, in education, training and/or employment so as to prepare them for long-term sustainable employment
- strong linkages with department regions, residential out-of- home care providers, post care support information and referral services and relevant other services
- culturally competent service that is responsive to the needs of Indigenous young people and those from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Who can refer young people to the Springboard program?
- Child Protection workers
- Leaving Care workers
- Community Organisations
- Young people themselves
- Friends or family members
For more information or enquiries about Springboard, please call IMVC on 03 9686 2354.