Rural youth education and support program: the Casterton experience

Macgarvey, Anna 2005, Rural youth education and support program: the Casterton experience, Rural society, vol. 15, no. 2, Summer, pp. 133-147.

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Title Rural youth education and support program: the Casterton experience
Author(s) Macgarvey, Anna
Journal name Rural society
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Season Summer
Start page 133
End page 147
Publisher Centre for Rural Social Research, Charles Sturt University
Place of publication Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1037-1656
Summary Young people's lives have been directly and indirectly affected by the dynamics of decline in rural Australia. In early 1999, the Casterton region experienced the suicides of two young people. These events led to the funding of a rural youth education and support program at the town's secondary college. The program adopts a multi-layered approach to reduce risk factors and strengthen the protective factors amongst students at the college through the enhancement of social connectedness, personal safety and freedom, and educational participation. The program provides interventions at the individual, school and community levels through case management, the delivery of group programs and opportunities for community participation. This approach recognises the importance of early intervention and a holistic approach to health and well-being in the student population. This paper provides an overview and preliminary evaluation of the program undertaken in 2002.
Language eng
Field of Research 160805 Social Change
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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