We all know that young people will one day drive the future direction for our country. So it important that we give them the best start possible to help them the kind, compassionate citizens, parents and members of the community that we all hope they’ll become.
Yet for many their start to life can be fraught, impacting their capacity to reach their full potential. One group that is clearly vulnerable and at risk, is young women and girls impacted by sexual exploitation or abuse.
“This grant will help us to address the risk factors placing young women in a position of being targeted for sexual exploitation. Our outreach program takes a gentle, ﬂexible approach that focuses on relationship building alongside developing practical every day life skills including budgeting, housing, employment, success in study, health and nutrition and building safe, healthy relationships.
Through generously giving funding, the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust is contributing to a positive impact in the lives of vulnerable young women and reducing the likelihood of further negative life experiences such as trauma, abuse and drug dependency. As one young woman recently shared: “A lot of homelessness occurs due to family break-down. We need to focus on building healthy relationships to stop the breakdown that leads to homelessness”.”
– Helen Colston, Finance and Operations Coordinator
St Kilda Gatehouse’s Breaking the Cycle program has been created to empower young women aged 12-25 years to break the cycle of poverty and unhealthy behaviours associated with sexual exploitation, physical, domestic or sexual abuse, supporting them to re-enter or continue in the education system or workforce. This holistic approach to recovery supports girls and young women as they learn practical life skills including budgeting, employment, success in study, health and nutrition. Group work and art therapy will help them develop resilience and an understanding of self, helping them to build social connections and support others who are at risk.
Assisting women who are unemployed with a range of personalised job workshops and training sessions.
A mentoring and leadership program for young women, helping them to engage with their local community.
Supporting migrant and refugee women to find pathways to financial stability.
Supporting women by looking at what’s not working for them financially and how best to address it.
so that in this lifetime we will be: