Power to Change Youth Workers and Chaplains serve the school in providing spiritual and emotional support to school communities. They can be just the person you need alongside other school staff in helping students discover better ways to articulate and deal with the many issues they face on a daily basis.
It might be issues such as family breakdown, loneliness, etc, but it can also be, what subject do they choose. Sometimes figuring out simple life choices and having another person to help them make that decision can mean the difference to a student that is engaged in the school day. It could also be a student who is in distress and not engaging in the life of the School. This can put extra pressure on the school and can be easily dealt with from the extra staffing and programs that Power to Change teams may bring. Even though the school is already equipped with incredibly capable people, the Power to Change Youth Worker / Chaplain / Volunteer can complement in support and leadership.
But the School is a complex environment and not every model fits the other, so we work with you to see how the Youth Worker/Chaplain fits your setting.
Things like, but not limited to:
- Staff support.
- Supporting staff in classrooms, excursions, camps, school performances, assemblies.
- Networking with community groups. There are many groups that function for the school, such as, Scouts, Rotary, Church Youth Groups, Holiday Camps etc. They can be extremely useful for the school to know who they are and how they can be accessed. The Youth Worker can be a great person to help keep the School informed and connected to these programs which enrich the life of the school life experience for students.
- Student Leadership Development. Such as lunchtime and after school groups, camps and conferences. The times are important for peer to peer networking and leadership skill development. All activities are only run with the permission of the Principal and parent as required by DET.
- Pastoral Care and Welfare. Serving on both the counsellor and welfare teams of the school, the Youth Worker/Chaplain provides an important link of ensuring the spiritual and emotional needs of the school community are met. We uphold very carefully the policies of the DET regarding the spiritual sensitivities of each person the Youth Worker/Chaplain will meet.
- Parenting support.
- Something else we can help with?
How are they funded?
Power to Change Schools Workers/Chaplains operate as a non Government Funded Program. Our team operates from a broad base funding model allowing us to design a program that better serves each school setting. Funding can come from individuals, community groups, churches etc.
Our funding model is from multiple sources ensuring a stronger foundation and future for the schools worker and therefore school. Our model means that if any one funding source stops, additional funding will be raised so that the role can continue.
All such funding is tax deductable.
All our Schools Workers and Chaplains have up to date Child Protection, Anaphylaxis and First Aid training. They also have a minimum DET requirement of Certificate 4 in Youth Work and Certificate 4 in Theology.
They also receive ongoing skill development, training and coaching throughout the year.
They can also attend school staff development days and other onsite training that are offered within the School.