Posted on 20 March 2017
In previous years, the Social Justice Committee (SJC) has focused on a number of themes, cancer and disabilities being among them. This year, they have decided to put the spotlight on disadvantaged youth in our local community.
They plan to help Bayside Adolescent Boarding Incorporates (BABI) Youth and Family Service in the renewal of their BABI Youth Space. This would result in a "more functional, vibrant and interactive space for marginalised and disadvantaged local young people and families." BABI Youth and Family Services is a not-for-profit community organisation.
BABI services include individual and family counselling, parenting groups and supported accommodation for young people who are homeless or at-risk, along with recreational activities during school holidays. These services are designed to respond to a large range of issues presented by the children; family conflict, domestic violence, trauma, mental health, homelessness, parenting and social isolation/marginalisation. Although BABI services are accessible to all, they are specifically targeted at 16-21 year olds.
The vision of BABI is for "safe relationships, families and communities in which people can thrive" and their mission is to "provide services to people that promotes safety, independence, opportunity and hope."
The BABI Youth Space provides art, cultural and recreational activities. With our support, it will also be able to provide services which focus on building independence and life skills (i.e. preparing and cooking healthy meals, budgeting etc.). It is hoped to assist in building self-esteem and confidence, and connecting young people to community and other support services (i.e. housing, mental health). Total cost of refurbishment is estimated at $16,000. The Social Justice Committee hopes to raise half that amount this year.
At Headmasters Assembly on Friday 10 March, the Social Justice Committee introduced the BABI project with a presentation by Emina Ajanovic, Manager of the organisation.
During Term 2 we will be holding a Mother’s Day stall with some unique gift ideas. Again, please dig deep, additional donations are always welcome in our endeavour to make a difference to the homeless and at-risk youth in our local Bayside community.
Secondary School Teacher