Foundation House provides a range of specialist programs for young people from refugee backgrounds who have recently arrived in Australia.
A 16-week education and settlement group program which supports the social inclusion of recently arrived young people of refugee background aged 16–25.
The group program assists with recovery from trauma and settlement in Australia, and builds on each young persons strengths, integrating their past and present experiences and supporting their future. By fostering partnerships between education providers, social support and training and employment services, Ucan2 offers:
- Access to, and engagement in education, training and employment
- Mental health and wellbeing support
- Social connections and networks
This group program is delivered in a variety of educational settings including TAFE, language schools and community organisations.
Ucan2 Business Partnerships
Ucan2 Business Partnerships complements key components of the Ucan2 program both during and on completion.
Within the 16-week Ucan2 program, Business Partnerships offers young people 24 hours of work experience with corporate partners which include Coles, Woolworths and Salvation Army. This is an opportunity for young people to make social connections, develop networks and gives real-life experience of working in Australia.
On completion of the Ucan2 program, Business Partnerships also specialises in follow-up sessions which support participants to transition into education, training and employment, including the following:
- Access to an extended Mentoring Program with corporate partners
- The opportunity for casual work with a broad range of employers, including Australia Post
- Individual work skills/case-management support
- Trainee employment opportunities
On completion of the Ucan2 program, young people have the opportunity to be paired with a mentor to work with them one-on-one for a period of twelve months.
With support from Foundation House, a mentor develops a professional relationship with a young person to help their resettlement in Australia and further develop their skills, confidence, and networks. This involves assistance with goal setting, education, practising English, employment, and social activities.
Foundation House has established partnerships with several employers who provide mentors and employment opportunities.
Become a volunteer mentor with Foundation House
Foundation House is always seeking volunteer mentors who have professional work experience in Australia from any industry to support newly arrived young people to resettle here.
For more information, please see the Ucan2 Mentoring Brochure.
To express your interest in becoming a mentor, please complete the Mentoring Expression of Interest Form.