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Transition to work community of practice : practice guide

by Brown, Diane | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | James, Sally | Mallett, Shelley | McTiernan, Niamh | Orchard, Nicholas | Cull, Emma.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2017Description: iv, 75 p. ill.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: August 2017 First published in March 2017; To develop this Practice Guide, BSL led a co-design process with the Transition to Work Community of Practice. Collectively, the CoP organisations tested and refined a number of foundational documents and tools; the feedback and expertise of their managers and CEOs, and the Youth Development Coaches and Employer Engagement Officers of each of these organsations (listed below), was instrumental in the development of this Practice Guide: Workways, Gen-Z Employment, Vocational Partnerships Group, School Industry Partnership, Australia Community Support Organisation, Colony 47, YouthWorX NT, Joblink Midwest, Anglicare South Australia, Brophy Family and Youth Services Summary: For several years now, the BSL has been developing and testing a different approach to working with young people experiencing disadvantage across a number of settings including employment, education and housing. In particular the TtW CoP Model has drawn on the approach taken by the Youth Transitions Program (YTP)2 and the EFY Foyers. The YTP was initially developed by the BSL in 2010 and delivered across three sites in western Melbourne with the aim of building the work aspirations and capabilities of young people experiencing disadvantage to engage in further learning and/or work. It provided a structured training component as well as connections to real world opportunities, engagement with the local community and referral to health and wellbeing services. In 2014, the BSL and Launch Housing (formerly Hanover Welfare Services) developed the EFY Foyer model with three Victorian Foyers currently operating at co-located Technical and Further Education (TAFE) sites across Victoria – two in Melbourne at Holmesglen TAFE in Glen Waverly and Bendigo Kangan TAFE in Broadmeadows, and one at Shepparton’s GO TAFE in regional Victoria. EFY Foyers provide integrated learning and student accommodation in mainstream educational settings for young people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and prepares them to build the foundations for a sustainable livelihood. The model embeds an Advantaged Thinking approach in all its practices, processes and tools, which are designed to promote and build young people’s aspirations, skills and capacities. By prioritising engagement with education, the model builds young people’s connections to mainstream education, services and opportunities. Coupled with the research and evaluative work conducted by the BSL’s Research and Policy Centre, the learnings from these programs have informed the development of a set of core principles and features of a model. Through the TtW Community of Practice, this model is being tested and refined using the extensive expertise of the TtW CoP members, and adapted to suit local community contexts. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Starting a future that means something to you : outcomes from a longitudinal study of Education First Youth Foyers

by Coddou, Marion | Borlagdan, Joseph | Mallett, Shelley | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | Launch Housing.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic Brotherhood of St Laurence 2019; Collingwood, Vic. Launch Housing 2019Description: 55 p. : ill. PDF.Other title: Education First Youth Foyers outcomes report.Online Access: Report | Summary Notes: Also includes link to "Starting a future that means something to you: outcomes from a longitudinal study of Education First Youth Foyers – summary"Summary: This report presents the outcomes from a five-year longitudinal study of Education First Youth Foyers. Developed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Hanover Welfare Services (now Launch Housing) with funding from the Victorian Government, Education First Youth (EFY) Foyers expand upon the original concept of youth foyers by prioritising education as key to a sustainable livelihood. They are better understood as a form of supported student accommodation rather than a crisis housing response. The EFY Foyer model is founded on a capabilities approach, which measures human development by people’s substantive freedoms, or real opportunities, to pursue lives of value to them. EFY Foyers seek to expand young people’s capabilities in two ways: by creating mainstream opportunities aligned with their goals and by developing the resources and skills needed to make the most of them. An Advantaged Thinking practice approach orients practitioners to working with young people in a way that recognises and invests in their aspirations and talents. Three EFY foyers – co-located with TAFEs in Glen Waverley and Broadmeadows in Melbourne and Shepparton in northern Victoria – each house 40 young people in studio-style accommodation with shared communal areas, supported by trained staff. Participants and staff commit to a reciprocal ‘Deal’: young people agree to participate in education and five other EFY Foyer service offers, and in return, foyer staff agree to provide them with accommodation, opportunities and inclusion in a learning community for up to two years. The outcomes study undertaken as part of the EFY Foyer evaluation finds that the model substantively improves participants’ education, employment, housing, and health and wellbeing outcomes, and these improvements are largely sustained a year after exit. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Better futures : advantaged thinking practice framework / Joe Howie with Emma Cull, Sally James and Shelley Mallett

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Howie, Joe | Cull, Emma | James, Sully | Mallett, Shelley | Victorian Government.

Edition: 2nd ed.Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2020Description: 69 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: This second edition published in March 2020 The Better Futures Advantaged Thinking Practice Framework is supported by the Victorian Government.; The content for this Practice Framework was developed by the Youth Transitions Service Development Team at the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) supported by the Children, Youth and Families Unit within the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The BSL team includes: + Joe Howie (Program Manager, Youth Transitions) + Emma Cull (Policy, Research and Service Development Manager, Youth Transitions) + Sally James (Principal Advisor for Youth Transitions) + Professor Shelley Mallett (General Manager, BSL Research and Policy Centre) + Niamh McTiernan (former Practice and Service Development Manager, Youth Transitions) + Jade Purtell (Service Development Coordinator, Out-of-Home and Leaving Care) The Framework draws on the Education First Youth Foyer Practice Framework, which was inspired by the work of Colin Falconer, who first developed Advantaged Thinking during his time as Director of Innovation and Strategy at the United Kingdom (UK) Foyer Federation. We would also like to acknowledge and thank Barwon Child, Youth & Family and Jo Buick, Sinead Gibney-Hughes, Diane Brown, Gail Jessen and Helen Philp for their contribution to the development of this Practice Framework. Summary: Developed by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services in consultation with the sector, Better Futures is a new practice model guided by this Framework to support young people transitioning from care. For young people to develop skills, networks and capabilities towards sustainable independence they need access to community assets, institutions, services and people within the community who value their individual qualities, experiences and preferences. They also need access to supportive professionals who can help them to see opportunities and work towards their aspirations. As such, this Framework looks at the various aspects of support needed as they relate to practice, collaboration and the service delivery outlined.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Better Futures : My Voice : Planning resources

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2020Description: PDFs.Other title: My Voice planning resources.Online Access: MY VOICE Planning Resources - overview | Address Book complimentary July 2019 | Address Book complimentary July 2019 interactive | Connections Tool CORE July 2019 | Connections Tool CORE July 2019 interactive | Deciding Goals complimentary July 2019 | Deciding Goals complimentary July 2019 interactive | Informal Mind Map complimentary July 2019 | Informal Mind Map complimentary July 2019 interactive | Next Steps complimentary July 2019 | Next Steps complimentary July 2019 interactive | Readiness Mind Map complimentary July 2019 | Readiness Mind Map complimentary July 2019 interactive | Reflection Tool complimentary July 2019 | Reflection Tool complimentary July 2019 interactive | Something For Something complimentary July 2019 | Something For Something complimentary July 2019 interactive | The Deal CORE July 2019 | The Deal CORE July 2019 interactive | Vision Tool CORE July 2019 | Vision Tool CORE July 2019 interactive | Where Am I Now CORE July 2019 | Where Am I Now CORE July 2019 interactive | Initial Fit Tool Oct 2019 | Initial Fit Tool Oct 2019 interactive | Initial Readiness Form Oct 2019 | Initial Readiness Form Oct 2019 interactive Notes: Better Futures - My Voice planning resources include: Overview document x 1 ; Core resources x 12 (hard copies x 6, interactive PDF x 6) ; Complimentary resources x 14 (hard copies x 7, interactive PDF x 7) All the My Voice planning resources are attached as a PDF to this catalogue record. Summary: Better Futures My Voice core and complementary planning resources support the Advantaged Thinking approach. My Voice resources capture those key elements from coaching conversations that provide an alternative way to typical case management practices. This approach supports young people to take the driver’s seat when developing, exploring and experimenting with opportunities based on their aspirations and intrinsic motivations. The intention of these resources is to support young people to make plans based on what they want to do and who they want to be. For this reason, we encourage them either to be completed by or co-developed with the young person.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Foyer Foundation [Website]

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic Foyer Foundation 2021Online Access: Foyer Foundation website | National Foyer Community of Practice Notes: Link to Foyer Foundation website and National Foyer Community of Practice page. Updated 2-21; In 2017 the Foyer Foundation embarked upon an important partnership with the national anti-poverty organisation, the Brotherhood of St Laurence. This partnership enables the Foundation to expand the Foyer concept to new communities across the nation and tap into the extensive knowledge, service development and research expertise of the Brotherhood of St Laurence - website (who we are); The Community of Practice harnesses effort and expertise at a national level to: •Share expertise to identify ‘what works’ across Foyers. •To ensure that research informs practice and contributes to a cycle of continuous improvement, and that there is rigour to data collection, evaluation and monitoring efforts. - National Foyer Community of Practice page. •Provide guidance on the development or refinement of tools and resources to support service delivery, and share these amongst members of the CoP to enhance practice. •Share and identify opportunities for innovation and improvement, including potential partnerships. •Identify and develop opportunities for campaigning about Youth Foyers within the broader service system Summary: Foyers provide a point in time service that enable young people in transition to develop and achieve educational and employment pathways, exiting in a sustainable way from welfare and service dependence. While there are programs in both the education and homelessness sectors that seek to support young people experiencing disadvantage with their education or accommodation across Australia, there are almost no fully integrated service models focused on education and employment outcomes. The key to the model lies in the provision of stable accommodation for up to two years in a supported, congregate living environment. For young people who are unable to rely on family support in this critical developmental stage, Foyers provide the time, personalised attention, mentoring, coaching and access to opportunities needed to lead fulfilling, independent and productive lives. A Youth Foyer is much more than a supported accommodation facility, or welfare program. Utilising an ‘Advantaged Thinking’ approach, Foyers seek to tap into the goals and ambitions of young people and nurture their talents while building skills for life. At heart, the Foyer model is based on the life-changing proposition that the most constructive thing we can do for young people is to ensure they become educated, employable and empowered so they can build better lives for themselves, and achieve genuine independence. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Better Futures [Website]

by Victoria. Department of Health and Human Services.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. : Victoria. Department of Health and Human Services Online Access: Website Notes: Better Futures aims is to engage earlier with care leavers, supporting them to have an active voice in their transition planning, and providing individualised supports both in-care and post-care across a range of life areas including housing, health and wellbeing, education, employment, and community and cultural connections. Better Futures, was previously known as Leaving Care Support Services, post care support, information and referral, Springboard, Aboriginal leaving care support services, and mentoring. Care Services was previously known as out of home care. Better Futures includes: Direct case work support ; Information and advice ; Access to flexible funding. ; We are working alongside the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) to develop a Better Futures (Advantaged Thinking) Practice Framework, which will guide workers to work in an 'Advantaged Thinking way', engaging with young people using a strengths-based approach, recognising and building their talents and aspirations, as well as assisting them to overcome challenges. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Finding that spark : what works to achieve effective employment services for young people?

by Bond, Sharon | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | Keys, Deborah | Transition to Work Community Of Practice.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2020Description: 2 electronic texts ([95 p., 8 p.]) PDF.Other title: Report from the evaluation of the Transition to Work Community of Practice.Online Access: Report | Summary Notes: Link to full report "Finding that spark What works to achieve effective employment services for young people?" and Summary "Finding that spark: what works to achieve effective employment services for young people? – summary"Summary: Intro: What works to achieve effective employment services for young people? This report presents lessons from the evaluation of the Transition to Work Community of Practice At a glance: Eleven providers of the Transition to Work service at 13 sites across Australia have come together to develop and deliver a consistent approach that achieves sustainable employment outcomes for young people. This Transition to Work Community of Practice, convened by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, is based on collaboration and shared learning. Dive deeper : This mixed method study explored not only which elements of the TtW CoP model work but also how they work and in what circumstances. It drew on quantitative and qualitative data, and included case studies from three TtW CoP services in different locations. The evaluation found that services that followed the TtW CoP model closely were more likely to meet or surpass government targets for 12-week education/employment outcomes than services with less fidelity to the model. Two core concepts stepped out in practice—Advantaged Thinking and harnessing community investment—drove successful outcomes. Seven components delivering these approaches were identified as keys: • a convening component – BSL as an enabling organisation • model components – a four-phase model and activating employers • practice components – the Deal (an agreement between the service and young people); exploration, inspiration and goal setting; group work; and work skills and tasters. The study also found that an enabling organisation facilitated enhanced quality and performance for all TtW CoP providers while ensuring ongoing development, a focus on place, and fidelity to the model.” Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Coaching in Action / Brotherhood of St Laurence

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence [2022]Description: 16 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: This document aims to provide a practical guide to assist you in having coaching conversations with the young people you work with. In this document you will find tools, techniques and step-by-step guides to support your coaching practice. A coaching approach is used across a number of Brotherhood of St Laurence programs including education, housing and homelessness and state based care. For further information about coaching theory, pedagogy and practice, please refer to the BSL Youth Transitions Coaching Guide. [Intention]Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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