The Ladder Step Up Latrobe Valley program helps young people aged 16-25 to improve across four key domains: education, employment and training, health and wellbeing, independent living skills & community connection.

Throughout the six-week intensive program, young people have the opportunity to participate in individual and group development sessions, group camps, community projects and work experiences. Following the six weeks, young people are provided with a further 12 months of 1:1 support from their Ladder Development Coach.

In addition to the support young people receive from their Ladder Development Coaches, they have the option to be matched with a mentor from the community to guide them and assist them in reaching their goals.

To learn more about the program, read the Step Up Latrobe valley Factsheet.

Program Outcomes

To date, 117 young people have graduated from the Ladder Step Up Latrobe Valley program. Of these young people:

  • 84% are engaged in education, employment and training post the Ladder program
  • 72% feel more connected to their community
  • 88% feel more independent now
  • 85%  ave improved their physical health

“Without Ladder I don’t know where I’d be. To … the team thank you for saving me. I now own my life and I am the one who chooses my own path” - Step Up Latrobe Valley program participant.

To learn more about the impact Ladder has had in the Latrobe Valley, read the Ladder Step Up Latrobe Valley impact report here.


To be eligible for the program, young people will:

  • Be aged between 16 and 25
  • Reside within the Latrobe Valley
  • Be interested in re-engaging in education, training or finding employment
  • Be ready to explore new opportunities

If you know a young person who meets the above criteria, complete the referral form here.

For further information, please email [email protected], call 0438 254 781 or visit us at 19-21 Church Street, Morwell.