Afghan Families & Parenting Support Project
From July 2016 to June 2017, SMECC received funding from the Alfred Fenton Bequest to establish a pilot project to support greater engagement of young people and their families in local School and Youth Activities. This project will run until March 2017 and hopefully will be integrated with our other community programs through the Refugee Action Program.
The project will work in partnership with Mildura Senior College, Chaffey Secondary College, Youth Services Mildura and Headspace Mildura.
Key issues the project will seek to address includes:
- Developing trust and understanding between Afghan families and local services to help increase participation of young people and their parents in school support activities and youth programs;
- Support local services to improve their knowledge and understanding of the Afghan community to help inform the establishment of improved/ flexible approaches to support young people.
- Increase understanding and decreasing family disconnection between Afghan young people and their parents, to help young people balance challenges of managing different cultural and social expectations.
The project has started off with engagement activities for Afghan young people, and their mums, to introduce the project. Also these young people, mums, and staff from the local partner agencies have been completing online surveys to help us understanding more about their barriers and opportunities to engage and link with eachother.
Over the coming months we will be building off these learnings to develop activities to increase participation and engagement in school and youth activities.