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Breakthrough Employment Mentoring Program

About Whitelion Youth New South Wales 

Whitelion Youth has been supporting young people in New South Wales since 2009.

To learn more about Whitelion Youth in New South Wales contact:

Melanie Lennon
NSW State Manager
0419 229 857ajit



Break Through Employment Mentoring Program

 'Learn more about Break Through-

This video was produced a few years ago, and while some of the statistics quoted are no longer current, the essence of Break Through is still the same. Enjoy watching and listening to these mentor and mentee experiences.


Break Through Youth Employment Mentoring (Break Through) helps young people plan for, gain and retain employment. The program operates across Campbelltown and Camden. Break Through partners with a local TAFE to train community focussed mentors who are matched one-to-one with young people and use their personal experience and professional networks to assist the young person to develop the skills and confidence necessary to find work experience, training and employment.

Program Eligibility

Young People aged 16-25 who lack exposure to positive working role models (e.g. namely young people who have experienced intergenerational disadvantage and unemployment).

Make a referral for support


Are you a young person in Campbelltown or Camden who needs help to find employment?



RISE (Re-engagement Into Sustainable Education) is a short-term solution for young people who have been suspended. RISE sees traditional out-of-school suspension as a risk factor for deeper or chronic disengagement from education and offers an alternative where the goal is to maintain educational momentum – at the same time using case management to address behavioural or other risk factors. The outcome of RISE is reintegration with mainstream education or connection to a new vocational pathway.

RISE operates from the Claymore Opportunity Hub on Thursday and Friday's and Julia Reserve Oran Park – Wednesdays

Program Eligibility

Young people aged 12-17 in the Campbelltown and Camden Local Government Area who have been suspended from school.

Make a referral for support

Referrals typically come from the school community. Email

Are you a young person suspended from school who would like to continue learning?


Get Involved

Make a donation to help Whitelion provide educational supplies and access to training for young people disengaged from school here.

Junior RISE 

Junior RISE is funded by Communities for Children and is designed for young people in year 6 and 7 that are identified at being at risk of a poor transition and engagement in school due to influencing factors of disadvantage and vulnerability such as domestic and family violence (DFV), mental health, child protection intervention and socio-economic status to name a few. Year 6 is when many young people first encounter peer pressure, substance abuse, and social bullying. The program is delivered in two parts and incorporates family case management:

  • Junior RISE Primary and
  • Junior RISE High

Junior RISE Primary is a supported high school transition program for groups of 8-10 young people in year 6 of primary school. The program is delivered one hour per week over 16 weeks of Terms 3 and 4. It uses a mixed model of evidence based and transition activities.

Junior RISE High follows on from the primary component working to engage and settle young people into secondary school life. The program aims to work with groups of 18 – 20 young people one hour per week over 16 weeks of Terms 1 and 2. Whilst the program gives preference to participants who completed the year 6 transition program, it is not a prerequisite as it is an effective standalone model.

Family case management aims to provide parents with a greater understanding of their teen’s emotional experiences while teaching specific skills that can assist parents in being supportive, empathetic, and staying connected with the young person, increasing connection by improving emotional communication in the family.

Program Eligibility

Young people in years 6 and 7 who are identified as being at risk. 

Make a referral for support

If you are inrrested in having the program at your school: Email