Over 45 guests, mostly from the youth services sector, attended an information session in Sunshine on Tuesday 28 February to hear firsthand about The Hester Hornbrook Academy; Melbourne City Mission’s new school.
Built on the foundations of the Melbourne Academy, our previous community education program, The Hester Hornbrook Academy is a supportive, innovative and flexible model for young people who are disengaged from education.
The aim of The Academy is to reconnect young people with education and training and empower them to use these tools to build a positive future.
The event was a success and provided the opportunity for the sector to meet with staff, youth workers, educators and some of those who have benefited from our education programs. In addition, the event allowed Melbourne City Mission to showcase our flexible approach to learning to the sector and to those who are interested in enroling young people to The Academy.
Arweet Carolyn Briggs provided a 'welcome to country' for the event in addition to delivering a heartfelt speech about her own academic struggles. Carolyn who dropped out of school in Year 8 but returned to study as an adult, talked about her journey, the support she had throughout her life and people who believed in her abilities whom she credits for her long list of life achievements.
A big thank you to all those who attended and who helped make this event the success that it was. for further information about The Hester Hornbrook Academy, please click here.