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The Sunshine YSAS team provides the following services to young people from Local Government areas City of Brimbank, City of Maribyrnong, City of Melton, City of Wyndham and City of Hobsons Bay. 
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Keeping track of money is an essential independent living skill.

The best way to use your money wisely is to keep track of your income and your expenses. This will allow you to realise what your wasting money on so you can save for the stuff you really want. The budget table above is a great way to start, just fill in what you’re spending money on, where you’re getting money from and add it all up.

Use this budgeting table to help you work it all out:

My Budget

Alternatively, there are a bunch of applications available free on smart phones; just search for ‘budget’ and you should find one.

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When youth worker Arry Valastro said “hello” to the young guy hanging out with his friends at YSAS Fitzroy, his bottom lip started quivering. Sensing that he might want to talk away from the gaze of his peers, she invited him into another room for a private chat. 

What followed was a moving, insightful and surprisingly deep conversation. The young man, whose name was Jerry, spoke about the relationships he had with his family and girlfriend, how society viewed him, and how the image he portrayed to the outside world didn’t really reflect who he was inside. Jerry cried, but Arry held back her own tears – she didn’t want to show too much emotion in case it frightened him from opening up again in the future.

As the chat drew to a close, Jerry said, “I always thought you were a nice lady because you always said hello to me when I came in.”
Three years on, Arry still remembers that statement. It taught her that sometimes small courtesies can have a big impact on the people she works with. “A lot of these young people have never had a consistent adult in their life who has treated them with common courtesy and respect,” she says. “It’s those little things that make such a huge difference.”

Now when Jerry comes into the YSAS offices, he sees Arry and says, “Hello, have you got time for a chat?”

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Youth AOD Practice Summit
“Advancing Youth AOD Practice”

Working with the most vulnerable young people around their needs and AOD use is a specialised and yet diverse area. This Summit provided Practitioners with the opportunity to contribute to the conversation about best practice in this field, while advancing their knowledge and skills in working with young people.

The Summit included and encouraged the use of social media technologies to create a collaborative and lively engagement with participants, with the goal of creating a Summit Report to identify key issues for the youth AOD sector reform. (Forthcoming)

Our keynote speaker was the highly respected and engaging Professor Iain McGregor from University of Sydney, who specialises in psychopharmacology.

Youth AOD Practice Summit “Advancing Youth AOD Practice” took place on the 28th of March.
Participants had the opportunity choose from Workshops to advance their knowledge and skills in the areas of:
  • Trauma and young people in youth AOD work
  • Self-injury & youth AOD work
  • Motivational Interviewing in the ‘real world’
  • Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) with young people
  • Treatment of Methamphetamine problems
  • Emerging Drugs: The challenges of responding to the next generation of drugs

The Summit was launched by Mr Craig Ondarchie MP, and featured an interactive Plenary session to ask participants
‘How do we advance Youth AOD practice?’.

There was also the launch of an exciting new sector-wide initiative for practitioners, plus a unique opportunity to hear from young people who have been in the care of the youth AOD sector.


The event was SOLD OUT.

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