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School Holidays Done Differently

Article Date: 16/04/2020

​This School Holidays may feel a little different, but the Y's Youth Workers are ensuring young people don't miss out.

Traditional school holiday programs have been reimagined with compassion, innovation and community spirit.

Youth Services Executive Manager Alana James said the Y will always be there to support and empower young people.

"Our delivery model may have changed, but our commitment to young people and our community remains as strong as ever.

"We have developed creative ways to continue providing safe spaces for young people during the coronavirus pandemic," she said.

The YMCA Palmerston Youth Space made and delivered activity packs, food hampers, hundreds of healthy meals and Easter packs for young people and their families. Click here to view the excerpt from ABC News.

Youth Workers are engaging with young people in Palmerston through targeted outreach activities.

Palmerston Team Leader Judy Brown said the Youth Services team are both humbled and honoured to be part of such an invaluable program.

"During this time of uncertainty, the opportunity to offer the most vulnerable in the Palmerston community continuing access to our service and support has made a notable difference to those in need.

"Working in partnership with other youth service providers and the support from local businesses has been paramount to the success of the newly developed outreach program," she said.

In Katherine, the Youth Services team are engaging with young people through social media, activity packs, and targeted outreach activities. Click here to view the Katherine Times news article.

Katherine Team Leader Darren Phillipson said the team is finding new ways to facilitate ongoing connection with young people.

"Thinking outside the box has opened our minds and we've compiled a stack of programs for the future - it's really good to see the passion within all service providers sharing ideas and support for one another so the future is looking bright for the youth of Katherine," he said.

Strong sector collaboration and support from Government has been crucial, Ms James said.

"Crisis situations can either push communities apart or pull them together, and we're seeing our local communities and the youth sector prove they are strong, resilient and supportive.

"We're very pleased the Northern Territory Government and Australian Government continue to fund and support the valuable work the Y does in the community and that they recognise how important supporting young people is, especially at times like this," she said.

The Y's Youth Services are funded by Territory Families (Northern Territory Government) and the National Indigenous Australians Agency (Australian Government).

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