New youth program to focus on building creative skills

Sharon Aldrick with Ethan, 16, from Kincumber High School and Gabby, 17, from Central Coast Grammar at the centre

Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre is set to launch a range of new youth programs developed and implemented by newly appointed Senior Youth Worker Sharon Aldrick.

Aldrick will work alongside Manger Colette Baron and Coordinator Leanne Clark to bring the innovative programs to life.

She has a wealth of experience working with young people and developing inspiring creative skills development programs.

The new programs will be designed with young people and delivered by industry professionals.

They will provide opportunities for all young people to be involved in quality low-cost productions that speaks to the community.

“We are happy to work with such an experienced and creative youth worker,” Baron said.

“The objective is to activate the centre’s youth space and launch it as a safe and supportive space for young people to come and participate in a range of programs.

“Our latest programs, starting in February, are Wayward youth theatre, music song writing and recording, homework club and job ready programs.”

Baron said the centre would also soon kick off monthly events, to be held on the third Friday night of each month.

“The initiative has been made possible through funding from Stronger Countries Community Funding, which has provided the opportunity for us to be a point of contact for young people to engage in programs that increase their mental health, build confidence, social inclusion, help with study and lead to future education pathways and careers,” she said.

“We understand the importance of employing a youth worker specifically to support young people through challenges they can face and having a dedicated space and program helps enormously with gaining the skills, knowledge and confidence to go on and have fulfilling lives, relationships and experiences.”

Aldrick said she was delighted to be working at the centre and was keen to launch the new programs in her “new and vital” role.

An open day will be held at the centre from 3-6pm on March 5 so community members can pop in and see what programs are on offer.

Media release, Jan 20
Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre