The Links to Learning Community Grants Program is administered by the NSW Department of Education. The Department provides funding to approved, not-for-profit, community based organisations and local government authorities to deliver targeted Links to Learning projects to:
- Students in Years 7 to 11 in government schools who are identified as at risk of disengaging from their learning and/or at risk of leaving school early. Projects are run collaboratively with NSW Department of Education secondary and central schools to actively strengthen retention and transition strategies in schools.
- Students in Year 6 in government primary schools who are identified as at risk of disengaging or are disengaged from their learning, with a focus on transition from Year 6 to Year 7.
The BEN offers 7 programme variations ranging from 1-2 days per week for 10, 15 and 30 weeks per year. This is delivered during school terms only. The programmes aim to reconnect young people who are struggling to remain engaged in education in years 8-11 back into education and learning.
Some of the key elements of our programme focus on developing fundamental skills such as self esteem, communication, working as a team and confidence. We include activities such as service skills, barista skills, equine/animal therapy, sports fundamentals, active engagement with local youth services, health workshops, and other foundation skill develop[ment activities which are tailored to the individual student interest areas.
To find out more more information about the Links to Learning programme or to register your school, click here to go to the NSW Department of Education website or click here to contact our Programme Manager.