Students at Hampton Park Secondary College will be able to get involved in community projects as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $4.46 million Advance program.

The school has received funding to take part in the program which aims to reduce the impact of disadvantage on achievement, strengthen resilience and reduce the number of young people leaving school.

The Advance program engages students in education by helping them participate in recognised training courses and community projects that develop their communication, project management and teamwork skills.

The program helps young people lead healthy, active and diverse lives, teaches them about safe life choices and behaviours, identifies career pathways, opens up mentoring opportunities and re-engages them in education and employment opportunities.

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley

“The fantastic Advance program will ensure that students at Hampton Park Secondary College make connections in our local community and gain valuable experience and skills,”

“They all have valuable contributions to make within our community and this program will ensure they have the opportunity to do just that and have their voices heard.”

Quotes attributable to Principal of Hampton Park Secondary College David Finnerty

“Hampton Park Secondary College is once again pleased to receive Advance Program funding which will be used to assist in the delivery of a quality educational program to students challenged in their learning.”

“This year, we have identified more than 25 students for inclusion in programs designed to better engage students and to provide them with an opportunity to develop life skills that will enable them to become active participants in community after they complete their schooling.

“The alternative for some of these students would be to drop out of schooling and to quickly become a burden to community and society generally.”

“The use of these funds aims to assist in turning the lives of these young people around and to create for them a sense of pride in self and community.”