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Young women's support sevice (YWSS)



The Young women's support service (YWSS) at Whitelion is a service for young women who have been involved with the child protection and/or youth justice systems and are living in Melbourne's North/West Metro region.

YWSS uses a strengths-based model to empower young women to make positive decisions about their lives by addressing issues of isolation, disconnection, lack of positive peer relationships and institutionalisation. YWSS aims to give young women at risk - both those in the community, and those in youth justice settings - an opportunity to:

Young women in the program are given the opportunity to explore their personal stories through a variety of peer education programs, as well as being given the opportunity to join a peer education project. A significant component of the YWSS is the Healthy minds healthy bodies program, that engages participants in physical movement and provides the opportunity to release stress, be active and creative, build relationships, and develop self esteem.

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Rachel Valentine
Young Women's Support Service Worker
Ph: (03) 8354 0823
Mobile: 0408 304 811
Email: Rachel.valentine@whitelion.asn.au


Last updated: 24 March 2014
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