Equipped for life

GETTING ahead can be a challenge when you’re young but a program aimed at giving 17 to 24-year-olds life skills is a good place to start.

The free Getting Ahead Life Skills Development program explains money management, housing, health, communication, law and numeracy and literacy.

Next week the six-week, two-day course will start at the Bay and Basin Community Centre in Sanctuary Point.

Mick O’Connor from Shoalhaven Youth Accommodation has encouraged the region’s youth to book a place in the course as soon as possible.

“The courses in the past have had good outcomes for the participants.

“We would like to get about 10 people booked in for next week’s course.

“It’s only two days a week for six weeks and participants will learn a lot of skills they can use throughout their life,” he said.

Melany Gaul, 19, from Nowra completed the course last week.

She believes all young people should do the course.

“I learned heaps,” Ms Gaul said.

“They teach you how to be organised and how to prepare for dealing with things that come up in life.

“We were shown different ways to take care of financial debt and fines, we completed resumes and covered a whole lot of things we can refer back to if we need it.

“Young people might not have a good understanding of a lot of these things and I think they need to.

“My goal now is to hand out my resumes and I am looking at doing a TAFE course in fashion,” she said.

The course is hosted by Shoalhaven Youth Accommodation in partnership with a number of community organisations. To book a place on the course phone Mick on 0422 296 280.

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