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Chatterbox
 
 
 
Youth Employment Program
 
 
 
 
Northern Leaving Care Mentoring Program
 
 
 
Youth Programs
 
 
 
Deadly Lions 
 
 
 
Community Integration Program 
 
 
 

About Whitelion Victoria

Whitelion has been supporting young people in Victoria since 1999.

To learn more about Whitelion in Victoria contact:

Di Garner
State Manager
0400 885 956
 

Programs 

Chatterbox

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
Program eligibility

Young people aged 12-25 who are disconnected from support in Melbourne CBD and surrounding areas.

Program supporters 
Get involved

Chatterbox is not currently looking to take on any more volunteers at this time.  Please contact chatterbox@whitelion.asn.au .If you would like to make a donation to assist Whitelion to provide material aid for homeless youth, please visit our donation page here

 

Youth Employment Program

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.

Program eligibility

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.

Make a referral for support

Contact roxanne.ide@whitelion.asn.au or jennifer.argaet@whitelion.asn.au

Are you a young person in the central metropolitan area wants to work?

Contact roxanne.ide@whitelion.asn.au or jennifer.argaet@whitelion.asn.au

Program supporters

Whitelion’s Youth Employment Program is a Jobs Victoria initiative of the Victorian government.

Get involved

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 roxanne.ide@whitelion.asn.au or jennifer.argaet@whitelion.asn.au

 

Northern Leaving Care Mentoring Program

The Northern Leaving Care Mentoring Program provides support to young people involved in the Out of Home Care (OoHC) system at important transition points in their lives, assisting them to develop a positive sense of self and connection by linking them with a volunteer mentor from the community.

Young people and mentors spend time participating in a range of recreational, skill building and relationship building activities, focused on fostering a trusting relationship and empowering the young person to work towards their personal goals. The development of a positive relationship assists young people to build their resilience and enables them to make positive choices for themselves, whilst also giving them a safe and stable base from which to try new things and learn new skills.

Program eligibility

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.

Contact

Contact clarissa.carbone@whitelion.asn.au

Program supporters

The Western Leaving Care Mentoring Program is an initiative of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

Get involved

Whitelion is looking for mentors in the western metropolitan region. If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact mentoring@whitelion.asn.au

 

Youth Programs

Whitelion metropolitan Youth Programs provide opportunities for personal advancement, peer networking, social confidence and life skills development through the following projects:

  • Younglions Ambassador and Advocacy Program (YAAP) - a volunteer program that brings together young people who are passionate about getting their voice heard to influence systemic change for at risk youth.
  • I Depend on Me – a tailored life skills development project for young women in custody in Melbourne.
  • National camp – Whitelion’s annual camp for young people across Australia.
Program eligibility

Young people with previous or current lived experience of risk factors such as out of home care, justice system, disconnection or isolation, disengagement from education, and family breakdown.

Contact

Contact miriam.hamel-green@whitelion.asn.au

Program supporters
Get involved

Donate to support our camps and YAAP workshops here

 

Deadly Lions

Deadly Lions is an intensive case management program operating across The Yarra and Darebin local government areas for young Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander men and women to strengthen their wellbeing through one-to-one case management, resulting in stabilisation at school, training or a pathway to employment.

Program eligibility

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander men and women, aged 10-25, who are experiencing difficulties around housing, relationships, substance dependence, health, and contact with the justice system.

How to make a referral

Contact david.shannon@whitelion.asn.au

Are you a young Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander who needs help?

Contact david.shannon@whitelion.asn.au

Program supporters

Deadly Lions is supported by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Whitelion is privileged to partner with Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation on this project.

 

Northern Community Integration Program

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.

Program eligibility

Young people aged 10-18 residing in out of home care settings in the northern metropolitan region that are managed by Makillop Family Services.

Further information

Email victoria.romeo@whitelion.asn.au

Program supporters

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.

Get involved

Would you like to volunteer with the Community Integration Program? Email mentoring@whitelion.asn.au