Hodgkinson welcomes Links to Learning funding

Young High School.Member for Burrinjuck, Katrina Hodgkinson has welcomed the inclusion of four Burrinjuck schools in the $8.9 million Links to Learning Program.

The programs receiving funding are the Southern Region BEC, linking with Boorowa Central School, Crookwell High School, Yass High School and Young High School, and Southern Youth and Family Services, linking with Crookwell High School.

Ms Hodgkinson said students from local schools will benefit from the program which aims to encourage every student to make the most of their educational opportunities by completing school.

“Schools in the Links to Learning Program partner with community organisations which have expertise in delivering youth engagement programs,” she said.

In 2015, 72 programs will be delivered across the state by 46 not-for-profit, community-based organisations.

The successful organisations were selected from over 250 applications from not-for-profit, community-based organisations.

To be successful in their application for funding, community organisations needed to demonstrate a strong track record in:

* Operating in partnership with schools;

* Improving students’ education, employment and life skills; and

* Targeting students at risk of not completing school and reconnecting them with education.

“This is a great chance for schools to partner with community organisations to deliver strong, innovative programs based on identified local needs,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“These partnerships will improve the educational outcomes and bring new opportunities for young people across NSW.”

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