Thank You for Supporting the Safety and Wellbeing of Australia's Most Vulnerable Young Women
Your donation will enable us to provide holistic evidence-based support programs to empower under-represented vulnerable young women to achieve independence through mental and financial wellbeing.
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Can provide a Psycho-educational group therapy session to help her heal and grow.
Can train a stable mentor to support a young vulnerable woman in the Young Warrior Woman Program.
Can provide the workshop materials required for the Young Warrior Woman Program.
Can provide a Program Manager to oversee the welfare of 30 young women in the Young Warrior Woman Program for a week.
Can provide a six-week MoneyGirl financial independence program for a vulnerable young woman.
Can pay for a vulnerable young woman to participate in the six month Young Warrior Woman Program.
Turning 18 for most young people is a happy time, a milestone which is celebrated with friends and family. But for young people forced to leave the out-of-home care system on their 18th birthdays it is a day they dread. For many, all support stops here, and they are left to fend for themselves with no family support or a safe adult to trust.
This is Kayla’s story
Turning 18 is supposed to be a happy milestone to remember…… but not for me. I had to leave foster care just days after my 18th birthday because my foster carer had to make room for another young girl who urgently needed a place to stay. I was used to being moved around and having to restart my life over and over again.
After being taken away from my abusive mother at the age of seven I have lived with nine foster families. Moving schools so many times, my education was disrupted. I didn’t bother making friends anymore, because even when I tried, it was hard to trust people. I suffered depression, and anxiety and was always on high alert for danger at school as I was constantly bullied for being a loner. Sometimes I reacted badly to situations which triggered me, and I ended up being suspended three times in one year for fighting back. I really wanted to finish my HSC but I just couldn’t cope and I dropped out.
After leaving foster care I was couch surfing, and although I had people around me, I had no-one to trust. I felt alone. I had no idea how to get a job and didn’t think I could anyway as I didn’t finish school. After 12 months of couch surfing and exhausting all options, I ended up homeless, and had to live in a crisis refuge for young women. I had little hope for my future. I was given a case worker and after three months in the crisis refuge, she found me a more permanent address in community assisted accommodation.
My case worker suggested I do the Young Warrior Woman Program to learn the life-skills I needed to become independent and live on my own. It was an amazing program. I met other young women like me who were going through similar things. The program was exactly what I needed to build the confidence to believe in myself and set goals for the future. I was matched with a really nice mentor who listened to my problems and helped me get a part time job. Our weekly Zoom catch ups really helped me with my mental health. All of the group presentations were inspiring, and we also did a six-week money management course which helped a lot. I now know how to do my taxes and how to spend and save my money wisely. Thanks to the help of my mentor who didn’t give up on me, I’m now enrolled in TAFE to begin the process of finishing school and becoming an early childhood teacher. I’ve learnt so many skills to be independent and know that when I eventually move out independently, I will be able to stand on my own two feet. I’m finally proud of myself. Even though the program is finished, my mentor still calls me, and I made so many friends during the program that I don’t feel alone anymore. I have suggested this program to many other young women who are in the same position I was. I want them to know that there is help out there and people who care. I have no idea where I would be if I had not joined the Young Warrior Woman Program.
Note: Name and photo have been changed to protect identity.
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