THE youth of Port Stephens sit behind many of their peers in the state.
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Over 48.5% of them fall in the bottom quarter for socio economic educational advantage with only 7% falling in the top quarter.
On top of this, they face difficulties in reaching employment with limited bus services off the Tomaree Peninsula.
The Real Futures Foundation is a privately funded charity which supports Port Stephens youth in their transition from school to employment.
We are hosting a BareFoot Bowls event at Fingal Bay Sports Club on November 28 from 6pm.
This fun activity requires no bowls experience, just a willingness to have a go.
Deputy Chair of the Real Futures Foundation Bob Westbury told News Of The Area, “We are excited to be launching the Latitude One BareFoot Bowls event to raise funds for our youth.
“It’s something different and the entry fee is an extremely reasonable $18 which is fully tax deductible as the charity has full deductible gift recipient status with the tax office.”
He believes that supporting local youth is very important.
“When our youth feel the support of their community and have great opportunities they are empowered, that’s what the Foundation does, it empowers our youth to have an ‘I can” attitude to go with the skills they are developing.”
The Foundation delivers a range of programs including communications skills, upskilling, and offers unique opportunities to those students at risk of falling through the cracks.
Recent successes include the Salamander Bay Recycling Centre’s Practical Maths program which has seen students learn vital maths for life including household budgeting and understanding the benefits of first principal shopping versus buying pre-prepared meals.
Each year the Foundation is supported by local service organisations including the Lions Club of Soldiers Point, Rotary Club of Salamander Bay and the Masonic Lodges.
We also conduct fundraising activities to boost funds to deliver programs to meet the needs of students.
“I invite everyone to register to participate in this event and come along to Fingal Bay Sports Club on 28 November and support our local youth,” he said.
By Marian SAMPSON