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Young Mums Strong Mums program supports change for Batchelor Institute students

by Freya Lucas

July 04, 2024

The Palmerston Family and Child Centre is an integral part of a highly successful program offered by the Batchelor Institute, which supports young mothers to gain either a Certificate II or III in Community Services.


The Young Mums Strong Mums program has supported 57 young people to date, making a tangible difference in their lives, and in the lives of their communities. 


Offering both a supportive community and vital resources for young mothers, the program allows them to continue their education while their children are taken care of with free childcare.


Alison Krooks, a lecturer at Batchelor Institute, teaches the Community Services courses and has seen the positive impact on the students.


“In this course, students learn a variety of skills to help them become job-ready,” she explained. 


“We start with basic communication skills, reading, writing, and then move on to specific skills needed in the community services sector. This includes identifying domestic and family violence, as well as child abuse. It’s quite a broad course.”


Jypsy Lee is a current student, completing her Certificate II with nine other mothers. 


“I’ve learned about many good opportunities in community services and made friends while learning. I can see my child whenever I need to, which is very convenient,” she said. 


Fellow student Leila is doing both a Certificate II and III in Community Services in the Young Mums Strong Mums program, and said one of the biggest pluses for her is being able to study whilst her daughter is in care “just across the corridor.” 


“When I finish my certificates, I would like to work with youth, helping them get off the streets and supporting them. If I can help someone through my experiences, I want to make Darwin a better place,” she said.


The Young Mums Strong Mums program equips students with essential skills needed in the community services sector through a curriculum that is comprehensive and geared towards real-world applications.


Graduates of the program are well-prepared to make a meaningful impact in their communities, working in areas such as homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, and youth support.


Learn more about the course, and other programs offered by the Batchelor Institute here. 

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