Last week, another 10 young people graduated from Step Up Latrobe Valley Program, bringing the total number of young people supported through the program to 195 since 2018.

The graduation was hosted at a Kinder Cup in Morwell with special guests Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing Minister for Water, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Equality and Chris Buckingham, Latrobe Valley Authority CEO.

These 10 fantastic young people are part of the Step Up Latrobe Valley Program 20. Over the course of this program, participants engaged in a range of development sessions and activities covering important topics like health and wellbeing, exercise, nutrition, resilience, researching and applying for jobs and exploring different career options.

Special thanks to program supporters who provided exciting experiences for participants, including Reclink, Flavorite, ANZ and the North Melbourne Football Club.

The main goals identified by this group of participants was securing and maintaining ongoing employment or engaging in training. Post program, one young person has gained a Traineeship and two are at final stages of job applications. One young person has reengaged in school and two young people are enrolling in TAFE. All other participants are receiving support from Ladder Development Coaches to continue working towards their education, training and employment goals.

We want to congratulate all our young people and wish them well for their future. We look forward to welcoming them into the alumni program.

Thanks to all local supporters and organisations that continue to enhance the program experience for local young people.