Ohana for Youth, encompassing Arcadia College (Varsity Lakes) and Gen-Z Employment (Mermaid Beach), provides no-cost, alternative learning centres for 12-17 year olds who need a different approach to learning. It offers courses which provide mentoring, preparation for employment, and skill and confidence building in a relaxed, fun and friendly atmosphere. Ohana for Youth works to re-engage youth who have not been successful in mainstream education.
Programs assist young people to pursue further education or seek suitable employment. Participants are offered instruction in personal development, budgeting and grooming and are provided help with work experience, accredited training and first aid certification.
To address the high need for safe, inclusive and progressive secondary education a purpose built school and youth hub centre will be built at Robina (next to the train station). It will open early in 2020. This new centre will provide a holistic solution, extending Ohana’s support services to families and the wider community. Complete with education, employment, medical, welfare and specialised services, it will create a long-term sustainable solution and changing the lives of generations of future Gold Coasters. Please visit their website to see some of the great work they are doing.