Fremantle: West Coast Eagles helping fundraise for Imagine Futures Youth Initiative

West Coast Eagles Luke Dwyer (AFLW Coach), Brayden Ainsworth, & Liam Duggan with Michael Piu (St Patrick’s CEO & Chair Imagined Futures).
West Coast Eagles Luke Dwyer (AFLW Coach), Brayden Ainsworth, & Liam Duggan with Michael Piu (St Patrick’s CEO & Chair Imagined Futures).

WEST Coast Eagles players have kicked some fundraising goals for Imagined Futures youth initiative.

The program aspired by St Patrick’s Community Support Centre’s is designed to keep at risk kids engaged in education.

Imagined Futures executive director Judy Walls said they had been working in primary schools since 2014 and expanded the program to include high schools in 2017.

“Our early intervention initiative focuses on improving school attendance and engagement, providing support to families with complex needs, supporting a positive transition to high school, and re-engaging young people who have dropped out of school,” she said.

Imagined Futures is a coalition of more 60 agencies (government and NGOs), businesses, philanthropists and community members working together to tackle disadvantage in the south west metropolitan area.

Ms Walls added young people were our communities future.

“We feel that it is our community’s responsibility to help support kids to achieve their best, and strong engagement in school is essential,” she said.

“The changes in the children participating in the program include much improved attendance and engagement, and sense of belonging at school, and they are much more socially and emotionally resilient.

“The kids are feeling more positive about their futures, and can imagine goals that had seemed unattainable previously.”