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Young women's support service (YWSS)



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

YWSS used 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 aimed 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 were 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 was the Healthy minds healthy bodies program, that engaged participants in physical movement and provided the opportunity to release stress, be active and creative, build relationships, and develop self esteem.

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Head Office
155 Roden Street
West Melbourne Vic 3003
Ph: (03) 8354 0800 or 1300 669 600


Last updated: 28 August 2015
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