City of Greater Dandenong Project
The City of Greater Dandenong is one of the most disadvantaged municipalities within Victoria and especially in relation to young people. There are approximately 27,000 young people in the City (11-15 years of age) which is one-fifth of the population. Young people experiences some of the least favourable educational outcomes where 16% leaves school before year 11 compared with 11% across Melbourne and higher rates of unemployment. For example one in seven 20 – 24 year olds in the City are not in paid employment, the second highest level of youth disengagement in Melbourne. In addition, survey results indicated that over one-quarter of 15 – 17 year olds have limited literacy, the highest level in Victoria.
The Foundation, in partnership with the City of Greater Dandenong and Mission Australia, is pursuing a program focused on the education, training and employment of youth from diverse backgrounds in the City of Greater Dandenong for which funding support for its development, management and implementation would be provided by the Scanlon Foundation complimented by funding to be sought from Federal and State Government sources, as has occurred with the City of Hume project.
“Making a Difference” through successful and rewarding employment is a primary focus of this project and the plan is to work with Corporates and Small Business within the Dandenong area to seek commitments from them to deliver 4,000 additional Dandenong resident youth into employment by 2021.
Under the direction of a representative Steering Committee, we’re planning to engage Mission Australia through a DandenongFirst Scheme to build upon current Federal, State, Local government programs and community projects, already being supported by other Philanthropic Foundations. The project aims to coordinate the necessary education and training required to provide job ready youth for these employment opportunities and to continue to support them within their employment.