YWCA Canberra wins award for Youth Literacy program

5 September 2014

Zoya Patel

Zoya is the Senior Manager of Corporate Relations and Communication at YWCA Canberra.

Literacy award - YWCA Canberra

YWCA Canberra’s Youth Literacy program was recognised for its success in outcomes, and impact on the community with a 2014 Community Sector Partnership award from ACTCOSS.

The Lanyon Youth Literacy Program has run for three successful years. The original project was a pilot program run in 2012 in partnership with YWCA Canberra’s Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre, Lanyon High School and U Can Read, University of Canberra.

The specific aims of the project are to:

  • Improve the literacy learning opportunities and outcomes of disengaged students
  • Showcase effective literacy practice
  • Develop a model of literacy support that can be adapted to other sites adopt innovative and cutting edge literacy practices that incorporate technology
  • Educate support personnel to work with struggling readers.

Ten year 7 and 8 students from Lanyon High School participated in a 20 week program twice a week for two hours. During these sessions the students received one–to-one assistance from trained reading tutors, completed literacy tasks set by teachers and worked on their own creative writing projects.

We are excited to see this innovative program recognised by ACTCOSS with a Community Sector Partnership Award, and look forward to continuing to provide literacy support to students to improve their long-term education outcomes

You can read more about the Youth Literacy program here.

Photograph by Richard Tuffin

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