Young Harvest is an Empowering Youth Initiatives Round 1 project funded by the Commonwealth Department of Jobs & Small Business.
BreakthruWA was the recipient of one of only 19 innovative project awarded nationally. These projects are aimed at finding new and more effective ways to support regional and rural youth-at-risk of long term unemployment. Young Harvest is based in Albany and is a ground-breaking initiative with the potential to radically change and improve employment prospects for young people living in regions. Over the two year trial period the project will provide valuable knowledge to the sector about how to support youth at-risk of long term unemployment.
Young Harvest is a social enterprise system supporting young people struggling to find and sustain meaningful employment. The project offers young people:
Casual employment in a real farming enterprise;
Working in a team alongside other young people;
Mentoring by professionals with relevant farming and beekeeping skills;
Development sessions designed to empower youth and help them discover their individual, personal and professional attributes
Participants are given ownership of the enterprises and the opportunity to make decisions about sales, marketing, how they farm, and their business ethics.
Young Harvest participants must be aged 15 to 24 years of age and:
Have been unemployed for one year or more; or
Have a highest level of education of Certificate 1 or below; or
Are currently being supported by a job active Provider; or
Have a history of being under-employed or displaying a poor attachment to work.
If this sounds like you, someone you know, or your family member,
then contact us and come in to find out more ...
The Support We Offer
One to one support / mentoring with a Young Harvest team member to help young people set and work toward their employment goals and eliminating barriers to employment
We deliver interesting group interactions to encourage young people to develop work place and life skills
Transport to help participants get to us, to attend our work sites and field excursions, and
Individually tailored planning to identify and address specific employment barriers
How do we do it?
Firstly we listen to our community and Young Harvest participants and respond to their needs ...
Then we work collaboratively with other services to help support young people by filling gaps in service provision ...
And most importnatly, we deliver practical life and work experiences that provide young people the opportunity to development the important interpersonal skills that employers look for in employees; such as resilience, teamwork, punctuality and self-confidence!
Then we work really hard on behalf of Young Harvesters to positively identify genuine and lasting employment opportunities ...
Young Harvest is not a training program. We are not a training institution. We support youth to aspire to and work towards higher qualifications and training and to gain work experience ... So they have can an equal shot at a bright future in the workforce.