GRLLEN Newsletter #7

Good afternoon, hope you had an enjoyable weekend.

The 17th Annual General Meeting of the Geelong Region LLEN was held this Wednesday.  Prior to the AGM, a Special General Meeting was conducted, in which members voted in favour of the GRLLEN moving to adopt Consumer Affairs Victoria's 2012 Model Rules for Incorporated Associations.  We still require a final approval from Consumer Affairs, but this change will mean we can recruit for our Board to ensure an appropriate mix of skills, great governance skills and industry knowledge, to complement the skills and experience our current Board members bring to the table. The rule changes will also give us flexibility in the future for pursuing alternative funding streams to continue our work.  Our State Government contract runs out at the end of 2019, leaving LLENs across Victoria with an uncertain future.  However, LLENs do seem to be a good match for some of the initiatives outlined in the recent State Budget - particularly those addressing careers, skills, youth employment, and supporting vulnerable young people.  

Our keynote speaker, Associate Professor David Mackenzie, presented an informative and insightful address on what prompted the inception of The Geelong Project, the importance of reform, and the impact The Geelong Project has had in our region, in reducing the number of at-risk young people from experiencing homelessness.  The slides from David's presentation are now available on our website, here.
Our Annual Report will also be posted on the website soon, along with photos from the day.

Ed Connect - volunteers wanted!

Areas include:

Geelong, Surf Coast, Bellarine Peninsula, Lara
Are you interested in getting to know a young person who needs support?

  • Do you think you would be good at helping young people make their own decisions?

  • Do you have 1 hour per week  for up to 12 months to commit to this new relationship?                                                                                             

WE NEED PEOPLE LIKE YOU!                                                                                          
The EdConnect team will train and match Mentors and Volunteers with young people in schools who need either academic, social and emotional support.

Contact:  1800 668 550

Upcoming events

Write Up - Creative Writing Workshop
Wednesday May 23, 10am - 3:30pm
The Centre for Excellence has teamed up with The Stella Schools Program to host a creative writing workshop for young people in Victoria who want to learn how to write and share stories.
The Write Up workshop is all about empowering young people to harness their creative voices, explore the power of language, and develop their writing skills.
Participants will get the chance to hear from and chat to established writers and artists, participate in a practical workshop, and learn about avenues for getting their work published. Write Up aims to help build confidence in young people, elevate marginalised voices, and provide a safe space to ask questions and share insight.
This Write Up workshop is aimed at young people who have experienced disadvantage in Victoria, and want to make their voices heard. Whether you want to write your own story, prefer fiction, comics, or are just starting to dabble, this workshop is for you.
Write Up is open to 16-24 year olds who are able to travel to the Melbourne CBD.
Lunch and snacks will be provided on the day.
Please note: If you are under 18, we will require the permission of a parent, carer or worker.
To book in, click here

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