Youth Focus

Reach Community Initatives has a number of programs that are specifically for young people.

RCI has been working in shopping centres, schools and TAFEs for several years and has helped many young people navigate difficult situations and move into a better future.

For more information on these programs, contact RCI on (02) 9807 2500.

Reach Community Initiatives has partnered with Meadowbank TAFE to identify youth at risk, engaging them in a focused group activity. Receiving referrals from local high schools, the group creates a context for young people to learn new skills, form positive relationships with youth and community workers, business leaders and police youth liaison officers.

Students who have previously completed the course have learnt new skills and strategies to relate positively within their school environment and community. Participants are more likely to stay on in school and less likely to become involved in antisocial or criminal behaviour.

RAP is a resilience program for youth aimed at building self awareness, emotional composure and effective coping strategies. The program creates awareness of the links between thoughts, emotion and behaviours allowing young people to gain greater control over their thoughts, feelings and actions within personal, peer and social contexts.
Every month Reach Community Initiatives serves up a free big breakfast to all students at Ryde Secondary College. In addition to great food, the breakfasts build a sense of community within the school.
Reach Community Initiatives runs an afternoon homework club for students at Ryde Secondary College designed to establish a culture of learning and engagement.
Focusing on welfare needs of students in the Ryde area, Student Welfare Workers assist school staff in developing the whole identity of students, including the emotional, social and spiritual domains as well as their academic abilities. Support and guidance for students is provided in a way that compliments the staff and current programs at the school.

Chaplaincy Services are part of the National School Chaplaincy Program and are funded through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.