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Unique opportunity for young people on career path to advocacy, community services

30 March 2021

Young people who have been through challenging life issues have a unique opportunity to hone their mentoring and peer support skills to help others and form a pathway to a future career.

MercyCare is facilitating a free, 10-week Youth Peer Pathways course for people aged 18 to 25 years across Perth.

The course starts in May and is designed for young people with lived experience of issues such as homelessness, substance abuse, mental health challenges, grief, loss, chronic illness and becoming a carer.

MercyCare Youth Accommodation and Tenancy Co-ordinator Kirsty McGeachy encouraged young people with similar lived experience and an interest in supporting others to apply.

“This is a great opportunity for a young person looking to get into peer work, advocacy or community services,” Ms McGeachy said.

“It is an industry-approved course that will help young people build confidence they need to safely share their personal life experience to help others.

“Youth Peer Pathways is for young people who want to step into mentorship and advocacy, and also to enhance their overall personal and professional skills within the peer support environment.”

MercyCare will run two Youth Peer Pathways courses, starting May and August.

A course information session will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 11am-12.30pm for anyone interested in joining the program.

For more information email peerpathways@mercycare.com.au

Details

  • Cost – Free
  • Held Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Course Dates:
    • 3 May 2021 until 7 July 2021
    • 9 August 2021 until 11 October 2021
  • 10-15 places available
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