The Ucan2 project recognises the need to provide additional support for young people (16 – 24 years) who are newly arrived to Australia and from a refugee background, as they make their way through the post compulsory school, training and tertiary sectors. The project has been developed by Foundation House with the specific goal of increasing education, training and employment opportunities for young refugees in the first 15 months of the resettlement, recovery and integration processes.
In its inaugural pilot program at Noble Park, Ucan2 is providing a range of support services and programs to encourage newly arrived young people to remain engaged in education and training whilst following an appropriate pathway to reach their goals.
In partnership with their English Language provider, young people within the project are provided with
- educational case management
- a specialised curriculum
- social support and mentoring
Education, training and employment opportunities are increased by engaging local networks, businesses, sporting clubs and the arts in the program.
Ucan2 is supported by an Advisory Group, which includes representatives from Foundation House - the Victorian Foundation Survivors of Torture (VFST), the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY), Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES), Ecumenical Migration Centre (EMC) and a private philanthropic trust that funds the project.