To change the future, first you have to imagine it
Desire to Aspire has designed several initial programs to support disadvantaged young people, with a focus on facilitating employability through our flagship program, Driving Force Academy.
All of our programs will be conducted in partnership with both government and non-government organisations such as Corrective Services, Justice, Transport, Education Department and youth services.
Sport, music and life-skill workshops are important tools to re-engage young people, to give them a sense of purpose, and help them to make new friends. During their participation in these programs they also have access to support from respected adults such as coaches and mentors.
The D2A model aims to work flexibly with young people to understand their needs as individuals. We will help build connections between, and partnerships, with organisations aiming to assist disadvantaged young people so that we maximise our impact.
Drivers Licence Program
BEING LICENCED IS KEY TO PEOPLE’S FUTURE EMPLOYABILITY
The link between unemployment and no driver’s licence for young Indigenous people is very clear.
A first and critical assumption is our reliance on a family-led model for teaching people to drive. This may no longer be appropriate, given that gaining a driver’s licence has become more challenging; that not all families have the skills, guidance and resources required; and that being licenced is key to peoples’ future employability.
The issues that we have identified impact right across government – not only on transport and road safety, but also employment and skills, policing and corrections, income support, education, citizenship and social wellbeing. The wider impact and cost are borne by Australia as a whole.
CAN YOU COMPLETE ALL THE REQUIREMENTS TO GET YOUR DRIVER LICENCE?
Can you prove your identity?
Do you understand the road safety rules?
Do you have access to a legal car?
Do you have a fully licenced teacher and supervisor?
Can you afford to pay for the tests, and lessons if needed?
Can you read and speak English well?
Do you have confidence in ability to pass?
Can you get to a testing station?
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Crisis Support Services
Our Crisis Support program provides support to young people aged 12-24 who are living in WA and are experiencing financial stress.
Following an application and assessment process young people may have access to assistance with:
- Food vouchers
- School uniforms and books
- Public transport passes
- White goods
Life-Skills Training Workshops
D2A aims to keep youth engaged in learning by providing positive educational experiences and opportunities to grow life skills and access to positive role models. Workshop subject areas include:
- Computer literacy
- Basic cooking and cleaning
- Life Admin
- Literacy and numeracy
- Parenting skills
- Building community leaders
- Creating social connections
- Promoting healthy lifestyles
- Supporting volunteerism
- Increasing health and wellbeing
- Preserving cultural values
- Strong relationships
ID 4 Me
ID 4 ME is a springboard platform offering practical assistance for addressing personal governance issues including personal identity documents and a workable postal and email address leading to entry into the Learner’s Permit Workshop and The D2A Driver’s licence Program.
Not having ID can make it virtually impossible to escape homelessness, poverty and unemployment. It makes it much harder to get a job, find a place to live, open a bank account, get food vouchers and disability benefits — or in some instances, even stay at a homeless shelter.
In addition to their intended purpose, learner’s permit and driver’s licence cards are widely accepted as a form of identification and can be used to obtain passports, bank accounts, and Abstudy.