YOUTH Futures has received a $50,000 grant for its Comet CaRE School in Clarkson.
Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard, who finished high school without knowing how to read or write, recently delivered the funding from the Local Projects, Local Jobs scheme to the not-for-profit organisation.
“I left school not knowing how to read or write,” he said.
“Taking night classes whilst I was in the army was one of the only reasons that I am literate today.
“I was like many, who for whatever reason, are not engaged by mainstream schooling.”
Youth Futures runs alternative education programs where people aged 15-19 who find it difficult to succeed in mainstream schools can complete their certificate I, II or III in general education – equivalent to Year 9, 10 or 11.
Chief executive Mark Waite welcomed the funding, which will go towards extra teaching resources, allowing the school to increase student numbers, and to buy extra laptops for those students.
“The need for alternative education options or what we like to call appropriate education is continuing to grow,” he said.
“We too often see young people that fall through gaps in mainstream education and need more intensive support than what is available, and that’s where we can offer a more supportive and individualised approach.
“The demand for Comet is growing all the time, so this additional funding will help us to support more students in the area in an appropriate way based on their needs.”