What YPN do (all YPN services are free)
YPN's emphasis is to engage with high school students to reduce youth unemployment and crime in Western Sydney. YPN activities are directed at:
Career essentials session
The career essentials session is a discussion between YPN speakers and high school students. The format involves:
Leadership and teamwork session
YPN recognise the importance of leadership and teamwork. To help develop these skills, YPN conduct a leadership and teamwork session with high school students directed at:
Job interview session
Cover letter and CV drafting session
A good cover letter and CV is important to earn that job interview. YPN understand that students don't get all the tips necessary to build a good cover letter and CV. YPN conduct cover letter and CV drafting sessions designed to teach students about:
Communication skills for the workplace session
Whether in the workplace or in social contexts, communication is important. The communication skills for the workplace session help gives high school students the confidence to express themselves and examines:
Speaker personal story/career journey with inspirational focus
YPN offer a variety of speakers to discuss their personal story/career journey with students. Most YPN speakers grew up in Western Sydney and overcame their own personal hurdles to be where they are today. The intent is to connect with students giving them the inspiration to chase their own professional goals.
Say "No" to Crime Forum
YPN conduct an annual Say "No" to Crime Forum connecting students from various high schools with representatives from police, corrective services, the legal profession and reformed former criminals. The Forum discusses:
Other tailored sessions
YPN are able to adjust sessions to cater for specific needs requested by schools. This involves:
Linking students with industry
YPN is made up of representatives from different industries and professions.
YPN recognise that high school students don't have all the answers regarding what they want to do after graduation and the potential difficulties stemming from the labour market. As a result, YPN seek to address this shortfall through linking students with industry representatives encouraging:
Online Q & A platform for high school students
Over time, students have different questions that can't be answered by their parents, teachers or friends. YPN run a free online question and answer platform on Facebook and email.
Typical topics include, but are not limited to: