n Commonwealth Youth and Development - School community partnerships : a case study of youth development at work




This article reports on initial evaluations of a school-based youth development programme in the Australian state of Victoria. The Advance programme, funded by the Victoria state government, aims to facilitate the key partnerships required to build the capacity of each community, young people, and the schools which they attend. Advance also aims to assist the development of opportunities, new learning and vocational experiences for young people and to improve the prospect of connection to community activities and community participation. The initial stage of this evaluation demonstrates that the programme contributes not only to the individual development of students, but also to schools and community organisations. It highlights some of the factors necessary to establish successful partnerships between schools and community organisations.


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