Youth Employment Program
Northern Community Connections Program
Community Integration Program
About Whitelion Victoria
Whitelion has been supporting young people in Victoria since 1999.
To learn more about Whitelion in Victoria contact:
- Youth Employment Program
- Northern Community Connections Program
- Northern Community Integration Program
- Breakthrough Mentoring
Chatterbox is a street outreach service that provides thousands of support episodes to young people each year. The Chatterbox bus is present on the streets of Melbourne’s CBD late at night, with a team of professional youth workers and trained volunteers supporting homeless and at risk young people with material aid, counselling and referral to specialist services that operate during business hours. By providing a safe assistance point at night and utilising volunteers who participate because they care about young people, Chatterbox increases access to support for the most hard to reach young people in Melbourne.
- Chatterbox encompasses a nurse and case management support to provide the following options for young people
- Brief intervention support for 0-1 months to coordinate professional supports and services for young people
- Case management support for 3-12 months to provide intensive support, case planning and goal setting
- Health assessments and education
Young people aged 12-25 who are disconnected from support in Melbourne CBD and surrounding areas.
Chatterbox is not currently looking to take on any more volunteers at this time. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .If you would like to make a donation to assist Whitelion to provide material aid for homeless youth, please visit our donation page here
Whitelion’s Youth Employment Program offers a holistic employment placement and support service for young people who have barriers to employment and need a helping hand. The young people referred to the program are provided with extensive pre-employment training, mentoring to develop essential employment skills, ongoing placement and post placement support for both the young person and employer.
Young people between the ages of 15-24 who may be struggling to secure employment, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, youth justice clients, young people in Out-of-Home Care, young people disengaged from training and employment, and young people experiencing disadvantage.
Please note that we are currently only accepting referrals for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander clients.
Whitelion’s Youth Employment Program is a Jobs Victoria initiative of the Victorian government.
Whitelion is looking for employers in the central metropolitan area. If you are interested in providing a job to help an at-risk young person please contact Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitelion Community Connections is a key component of the Better Futures approach, which was rolled out by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on 1 November 2019. This new approach is focused on improving outcomes for young people transitioning from care to supported independence. Whitelion has been contracted by DHHS to deliver the Community Connections service offer featured in the Better Futures model with the aim to build networks of supportive relationships for young people in their local community. Whitelion is providing a hybrid model which encompasses the following key services:
- Community engagement and capacity building
- Harness community effort through a place-based partnership approach
Referrals will be accepted for young people between the ages of 15-18 years currently on a Family Reunification, Care by Secretary or Long Term Care Order or 18-21 years having been on either of the above three orders between the ages of 16 to 18.
The Northern Community Connections Program is an initiative of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
Whitelion is looking for mentors in the northern metropolitan region. If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact email@example.com
The aim of the Community Integration Program (CIP) is to train volunteers to link every child and young person in residential care into local sports clubs, dance classes, art clubs and more. These links create connections between the young people and their community to reduce isolation and disconnection by increasing social skills and confidence.
Young people aged 10-18 residing in out of home care settings in the northern metropolitan region that are managed by Makillop Family Services.
The Community Integration Program is an initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services. In the northern metropolitan region we are lucky to partner with Mackillop Family Services to deliver the program locally.
Would you like to volunteer with the Community Integration Program? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Breakthrough Mentoring is an employment focussed mentoring program that supports young people on their employment pathway. Young people are matched with a trained mentor for regular and structured one-on-one support over 18 weeks. Together they explore the mentees strengths and values, set goals and discover local employment and training opportunities. Mentors and young people are supported on their journey by their Whitelion Breakthrough Youth Worker
Young people aged 16 – 25 who are not currently engaged in sustainable employment, and who have/are experiencing barriers to employment.
Whitelion is looking for Breakthrough Mentors. If you are interested please contact email@example.com
Contact Dettie Browne, Dettie.firstname.lastname@example.org – 0423 689 666