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School Focused Youth Service

Knox School Focused Youth Service (SFYS)

What is School Focused Youth Service?

School Focused Youth Service - "Working in partnership with schools and agencies to enhance the wellbeing of young people".

School Focused Youth Service (SFYS) form part of the Victorian Government commitment to The Education State.

Knox City Council is funded by the Department of Education to work with schools (government, Catholic and independent) and community-based agencies to develop partnerships, and enhance existing relationships that support the target cohort to remain engaged in their education. The key premise of SFYS is to develop integrated service responses; and to support partnerships between schools and community agencies.

The target group for SFYS interventions and support are students in Year 5 – Year 12, who are attending school but are vulnerable to, or showing signs of disengagement from their education. SFYS also builds the capacity of schools to better support those students, to help them remain actively engaged in learning and successfully complete their education.

To discuss support requests contact Knox School Focused Youth Service Coordinator;

Contact Lynn Arvanitakis on 9298 8465.
Email lynn.arvanitakis@knox.vic.gov.au

Who does SFYS work with?

  • All schools, government, Catholic and independent;
  • Community organisations and groups;
  • Government departments, Local, State, Federal; and
  • Youth related peak bodies

SFYS aims to facilitate supportive networks, develop collaborative projects, improve service gaps and improve the current service system for young people.

The key features of the SFYS Program

  • Services for students: target interventions – SFYS will support schools to identify potential local programs and services to address specific barriers for students displaying signs of disengagement;
  • Services for schools: capacity building – SFYS can work with schools to build their capacity to better support the SFYS target group, this usually involves professional development programs determined by the barriers to engagement identified for the specific students; and
  • Developing links and partnerships; coordination between youth services and schools.

How can SFYS support your school or agency?

  • Serve as a central point of reference for schools and agencies seeking information, advice and support on wellbeing related matters;
  • Assist schools and agencies to establish partnerships, and to work collaboratively;
  • Develop links between schools and local agencies through initiating contact, identifying services to meet needs;
  • Through the facilitation of local wellbeing networks; support school Student Wellbeing Teachers/Coordinators;
  • Assist with providing resourcing, guidance and advice for initiatives and services, where specific needs cannot otherwise be met through student support offered via the Department of Education; and
  • Informing schools and agencies via email and mailchimp, in regards to relevant information on networks and community links about upcoming events, professional development & forums.

Knox SFYS Events and Professional Development

Knox School Focused Youth Service (SFYS) is involved in coordinating and supporting training and Professional Development opportunities in response to the needs of school and agency staff to better enhance the wellbeing of young people.

For Information regarding upcoming School Focused Professional Development sessions, workshops, events or forums primarily for school staff, contact Lynn Arvanitakis, Knox SFYS Coordinator on 9298 8465 or email lynn.arvanitakis@knox.vic.gov.au .

Knox SFYS Resource Library

Knox School Focused Youth Service (SFYS) works in partnership with schools and agencies to enhance the wellbeing of young people.

Knox SFYS offers resources to assist workers and teachers to enable them to develop programs and partnerships, be informed, and assist young people.

The Resource Library has a large selection of picture books and other resources for use with primary school aged children, as well as young people with lower literacy levels. Teachers from Knox Primary and Secondary schools are eligible to borrow up to four resources for a maximum of four weeks.

To preview The Knox SFYS Resource Library book list visit the link!

To borrow a resource, or suggest a resource that our resource library might be missing, contact
Lynn Arvanitakis, Knox School Focused Youth Service Coordinator on 9298 8465 or email lynn.arvanitakis@knox.vic.gov.au

Knox Primary Wellbeing Network Meetings

Knox Primary Wellbeing Network (KPWN) is a network open to all Primary School staff in Knox who perform a wellbeing role.

Themeetings occur each term at Knox City Council, 511 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South from 4 - 5.30pm.

For information regarding the Knox Primary Wellbeing Network, contact Lynn Arvanitakis, Knox School Focused Youth Service Coordinator tel: 9298 8465 or email: lynn.arvanitakis@knox.vic.gov.au

The Knox Primary Wellbeing Network dates are as follows:

Term 1 - Thursday 21 February 2019 (Knox City Council, Function Room 2)
Term 2 - Thursday 9 May 2019 (Knox City Council, Function Room 1)
Term 3 - Thursday 15 August 2019 (Knox City Council, Function Room 1)*New Date*
Term 4 - Thursday 24 October 2019 (Knox City Council, Function Room 2)

Knox Secondary Wellbeing Network

The KSWN is open to all Secondary School staff in Knox who perform a wellbeing role.

Meetings occur once a term which are usually held at the Youth Information Centre, 2 Capital City Boulevard, Wantirna South from 8.30 - 10.30am. Meetings are usually confirmed by email, so if you are interested in attending contact Julia Gray, Youth Resource Worker.

The Knox SWN meeting dates are as follows, or visit the link Knox SWN dates.
Term 1 - Tuesday 26 February 2019
Term 2 - Tuesday 14 May 2019
Term 3 - Tuesday 13 August 2019
Term 4 - Tuesday 22 October 2019

For information and confirmation in regards to attendance about the Secondary Wellbeing Network, contact
Julia Gray, Knox Youth Resource Worker tel: 9298 8469 or email: julia.gray@knox.vic.gov.au or
Lynn Arvanitakis, Knox School Focused Youth Service Coordinator tel: 9298 8465 or email: lynn.arvanitakis@knox.vic.gov.au

For more information

School Focused Youth Service is available to all school sectors in Victoria.

For further information visit the DET website

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