WAYS Youth Services is supported by Matana Foundation to enable the provision of curriculum for young people, to assist them to re-enter formal education by completing Years 9 and 10.
POEM is a school at WAYS Youth Services for youth (aged 13 to 19) who have been disconnected from mainstream education. The goal is to re-engage students in education whilst making it a fun and flexible learning environment that allows the students to feel relaxed and helps them to achieve their own goals.
Many students that come to POEM may face other barriers to their education like homelessness, crisis, drug and/or alcohol issues, social isolation and family issues. WAYS’ intention is to provide students with the holistic support they need to achieve their education goals. POEM teaching staff are supported by the multidisciplinary team at WAYS Youth Services.
When students have completed the POEM course they can continue their studies at mainstream schools, TAFE, or other educational settings. Some find employment, or undertake an apprenticeship with ongoing support from WAYS.
Matana Foundation’s support of the POEM School and students over the last three and a half years has been invaluable. In this time there have been many exciting achievements by the students, and in the development of the program itself. Some highlights are:
Some feedback from one of the students:
“I came to POEM because I do not like normal school because there are too many rules. Now that I’m at POEM I actually have been coming to school and trying to do my class work. WAYS has helped me by being more understanding than my teachers from my previous school and because there is less students I got more attention and the help I need during class work. The teachers here understand me more and I like talking to them. I like POEM because of the new friends I have made, the food and the excursions. My goals for next year are to get a job and go to an alternative school or TAFE.”