Research into efficacy of program processes and evaluation of 'the Ballajura Connect Project'
School of Arts and Humanities / Social Program Innovation Research and Evaluation
The Ballajura Connect Project (BCP) aimed to provide children with positive relationships outside the family and education systems. The project sought to engage the children in informal learning activities, which would assist them during their transition into high school and through preadolescence and early adolescence.
The proposal for the BCP was developed by Dungeon Youth Services Incorporated (DYSI). The project proposed to deliver an early intervention program to children aged between eight and twelve years, in order to trial programs and develop best practices for using youth work methods with children in middle to late childhood. The Ballajura Connect Project aimed to address the gap in both service provisions and knowledge for effectively working with the age range. Dungeon Youth Services Inc. is a local community-based youth organisation that also operates The Dungeon Youth Centre. The Dungeon Youth Centre operates five evenings a week, Monday to Friday. This centre is as a drop-in centre, offering support, information, advice and unstructured activities for young people who are between the ages of 12-18 years. This connection enabled young people from the Dungeon Youth Centre to mentor children from the Ballajura Connect Project...