Youth Directory

Changing Lanes campus – Bairnsdale Secondary College

Contact

Mr Michael Nelson
Phone: (03) 5152 7322
Fax: (03) 5152 7320
Email: mpnelson@bigpond.net.au
Website:

Address

91 Rupert St.
BAIRNSDALE VIC 3875

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Changing Lanes - VCAL is an alternative campus of the Bairnsdale Secondary College targeting young people in the 15-19 year age group in East Gippsland who are ‘out of school’ and considered to be at risk. The VCAL provides an applied learning context that encourages educational practices and methodologies reflecting adult learning and youth development principles. Changing Lanes is designed to suit young people who are not suited to the mainstream model of schooling. The Changing Lanes cohort is characterized by a range of social dysfunctions including: marginalization from the community, low self esteem, bullying (both as bullies and victims), unstable home environment, poverty, poor literacy and numeracy skills, homelessness and a juvenile justice history.

The Intent of Changing Lanes campus:

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The Changing Lanes’ through its programs and initiatives aims to:


-       Provide new and life long skills


-       Build self esteem


-       Improve outlook on life


-       Improve school/work/training retention rates


-       Address anti-social and illegal behavior


-       Reduce and refocus the number of young people before the court system


-       Enhance employment prospects


-       Improve community connectedness for marginalized youth


-       Reduce self-harm and depression in young people through developing a relationship with a significant person or group of people with a common and clearly defined goal


-       Involve community agencies (commercial, regional health, education and welfare) in cooperative support of local youth


 


 The Changing Lanes Program features:


-       An educational program based on the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)


-       Participation in extensive Structured Workplace Learning


-       Breakfast and Lunch Programs


-       Industry and Further training


-       Community and workplace mentoring


-       Community Service


-       Occupational Health & Safety Training


-       Mechanical Workshop

Recent Accomplishments of Changing Lanes campus:

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The Changing Lanes’ through its programs and initiatives aims to:


-       Provide new and life long skills


-       Build self esteem


-       Improve outlook on life


-       Improve school/work/training retention rates


-       Address anti-social and illegal behavior


-       Reduce and refocus the number of young people before the court system


-       Enhance employment prospects


-       Improve community connectedness for marginalized youth


-       Reduce self-harm and depression in young people through developing a relationship with a significant person or group of people with a common and clearly defined goal


-       Involve community agencies (commercial, regional health, education and welfare) in cooperative support of local youth


 


 The Changing Lanes Program features:


-       An educational program based on the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)


-       Participation in extensive Structured Workplace Learning


-       Breakfast and Lunch Programs


-       Industry and Further training


-       Community and workplace mentoring


-       Community Service


-       Occupational Health & Safety Training


-       Mechanical Workshop