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The Key Processes that Engage Disaffected Youth. A Research Project on BoysTown’s Social Enterprises Salote Mafi, Australia. BoysTown Social Enterprises. Client group Marginalised young people aged 15-25 years Objective Develop and enhance the work-readiness of marginalised

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the key processes that engage disaffected youth
The Key Processes that Engage Disaffected Youth

A Research Project on BoysTown’s Social Enterprises

Salote Mafi, Australia

boystown social enterprises
BoysTown Social Enterprises

Client group

Marginalised young people

aged 15-25 years

Objective

Develop and enhance the

work-readiness of marginalised

young people

Real-life work environment

with added support

Paid work for participants

The output of the work is

visible in the community

boystown social enterprises1
BoysTown Social Enterprises

Key components

Experiential learning of vocational and employability skills

Training to reinforce the learning of vocational skills

Case management and group workshops to address individual barriers to employment

Examples

Landscaping

Graffiti removal

Asset and property

maintenance

Construction

Hospitality

australian research council linkage project
Australian Research Council Linkage Project

Griffith University and BoysTown collaboration

Reconnecting Disaffected Youth through Successful Transition to Work

Mixed method

Interviews about key processes to

engaging young people in social

enterprises

40 young people

52 BoysTown staff members

Surveys to measure personal

development

542 young people in BoysTown’s

social enterprises

employment and education outcomes
Employment and Education Outcomes

73% obtained positive employment or education outcomes

41% gained full-time employment

20% engaged with education

12% gained part-time employment

Of the participants who obtained an outcome:

89% remained in their outcome for at least 13 weeks

80% remained in their outcome for at least 26 weeks

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What the young people say…

“It’s good, they change lives, they turned me around…

Because before I came

here I was starting to

fall down the wrong

path but when I came

here I changed. I’m a

better person now.”

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