Program manager Tina Lizzi said the not-for-profit organisation aimed to give its clients, who have intellectual or developmental disabilities, ways to make friends and strengthen their life skills so they could reach their potential.
‘Our key strength is to employ support staff who are in their early 20s ” old enough to be good mentors and guardians, but also young enough to actively participate in and enjoy the same activities as our clients,’ she said.
Ms Lizzi said Teenspirit had undergone an IT upgrade, buying three new laptops, a printer-scanner, TV screen and two new notebook tablets. She said the tablets were particularly valuable as they gave the teenagers a chance to explore new communication methods, such as making recordings of their activities to create storyboards to share their experiences with their families.
A Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund grant of nearly $5000 enabled the upgrade.
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