NSW Alternate Learning Centres

Whitelion NSW operates two Alternative Learning Centres in South Western Sydney to re-engage young people who are unable to engage in mainstream education, resulting in long term absences, challenging behaviours and often multiple suspensions.  Over the years, a mounting body of evidence has demonstrated that early school leaving is a significant concern in relation to juvenile offending, and we aim to stop this cycle in its early stages.

LEAP (Learning and Employment Achievement Program)

Delivered in Cabramatta since 2001, LEAP provides:

  • Case management – working with the young person to address the underlying issues/barriers to engaging in education and learning.
  • Education  – an off-site, community based setting where learning is maintained and supported in partnership with the referring school or distance education.
  • Supported referral – for barriers that require specialist support and cannot be addressed by this program, such as mental health issues, domestic violence, etc.
  • Transition back to school or into training or employment – ensuring a young person is supported to have the courage to change their future.

In 2013 we launched an additional component to this program in partnership with Dural Men’s Shed.  Every Friday, a group of young people spends the day with mentors at the Men’s Shed in a carpentry program, learning both life and practical skills from older male mentors.  By the end of each semester, as a team, they create a large item (such as a rocking horse or pool table) which is then donated to a charity for children.

This program is proudly supported by Multicultural NSW and the Zig Zag Foundation

If you have any questions about the program please contact:

Anh Nguyen
LEAP Coordinator
0408 592 124

RISE (Re-engage into Supported Education) Alternative Learning Program

RISE is a short-term solution for young people who have disengaged from high school, providing a less formal and more flexible approach to education in a youth-centred environment.

Located at Claymore Youth Centre, RISE provides young people who have been suspended, expelled, or are chronically disengaged from high school with quality learning experiences through participation in workshops and supported education sessions. As a qualified teacher, our RISE Coordinator designs and facilitates learning activities in collaboration with young people engaged with the program to ensure educational goals are met in line with individual learning preferences.
RISE also offers case management and initiates connections between young people and local services in providing individualised support in a safe and positive environment. 

This program is proudly supported by the Sydney Community Foundation.

If you have any questions about the program please contact:

Mandi Smith
Alternative Learning Centre Coordinator 
0419 038 063