Covid 19 Awareness

This document is a guide for Young Life Australia staff and volunteers. We’d like to share it as a source of information for parents, carers and other organisations we work with in partnership.

Young Life Australia is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all staff, volunteers, young people and their families.  With the outbreak of the COVID-19 (Novel Coronovirus) and its transmission in the wider community, our commitment is to act responsibly and in line with Health Department guidelines, to look after ourselves and everyone involved in the Young Life network.

General Precautions

  • Protect yourself and others: wash your hands regularly with soap (sing happy birthday to yourself and then rinse), cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Importantly – stay at home if you’re feeling unwell. 
  • If you develop a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of overseas travel or are in contact with someone else who has COVID-19, seek medical attention: call your GP, Healthdirect on 1800 022 222, or in an emergency, your local hospital emergency department.
  • In the event that you believe you have been in close contact with someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19, please ensure that you report to a doctor for testing. Please inform Young Life Australia as well.
  • Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
  • Any confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return to work.

 

Young Life Club Precautions – Instructions for Staff

  • Inform parents and young people Young Life Clubs and gatherings have been suspended until further notice from Monday, March 23, 2020.
  • Request parents inform Young Life Australia if in the next two weeks they or their child:
    • develop a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath or,
    • learn they have had close contact with someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Please retain records of who attended activities just in case we need to inform health authorities in the future.

Young Life Australia will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and work through the implications of managing the COVID-19 challenge, responding to the relevant Health Department updates as they are announced.

Thank you for your ongoing support with this matter. We will continue to keep you updated.

 

Glyn Henman

CEO, Young Life Australia

P: 1300 557 647 E: office@younglife.org.au W: younglife.org.au

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Send a Bush Kid to Camp – Thank You!

Campaign for teens from drought-affected country

We did it! We reached and surpassed our goal to raise $18,000 to bring a coachload of youth affected by the drought to Young Life Australia’s Summer Camp.

Money raised = $24,479

Prime 7News Central West spoke to John Ryan from Warren and Karla Stait from Dubbo recently about their work with youth, Young Life’s Summer Camp and the need for sponsors to come forward and make camp a reality for teens from the bush!

And Australia responded. Gifts poured in from the city and the country.

“We have closed the camp fund now,” says Glyn Henman, Young Life’s CEO. “Our team is busy inviting youth and planning camp. And for those who would still like to support our work with youth in regional Australia, we have community-based programs running throughout the year. Our youth workers need your support too.”

Please help us build up young people from drought-affected communities. Donate at younglife.org.au/give.

Help us reach our $5000 target

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Your gift brings light and community into the life of teens

Dear Friends, 

Will you help Young Life Australia reach more teens with a life-changing message of hope? 

The end of the financial year is fast approaching and I’m writing to ask if you will consider making a donation toward Young Life’s youth programs. 

Your gift really will make a difference! 

In the past year, Young Life Australia has played a part in more than 3000 young lives through our programs, camps and chaplaincy work. Our uniquely local and relational programs are helping to impact the life and culture of close to 60 school communities across Australia… and we’d like to do more. 

I’m sure you agree, making a difference in the life of just one teenager who is struggling to believe in their own self-worth is incredibly worthwhile. 

But in reality, every time a teenager turns from despair to a new sense of hope, ripples occur in every direction. Classmates notice the difference. Teachers, parents and siblings watch in amazement.  

Everyone can see the change and are filled with hope because the young person they know and love, has found a new sense of purpose. 

Ebony’s* story is one such example. Ebony’s early years were spent in foster care due to the turmoil in her mother’s life. Today she lives with her grandmother and attends a school where Young Life is active. Recently she began attending Young Life Club. It was the change in a close friend that attracted her interest. Why had he changed? What was behind it?  

Her skepticism was high but Young Life Club wasn’t threatening or weird. Over time she became a regular and Young Life gave her a place to think through her early experiences which were troubling. She learned about God’s love for her which has changed the way she sees her own value as a person and her life at school and home. Young Life allowed Ebony to grow in assurance, simply by offering friendship, consistency and words of hope. 

This is the real gift – and there are many stories like this arising through Young Life’s work in your area as well. 

I believe, there are countless young people like Ebony searching for answers and acceptance. With your help, Young Life will continue to offer a sound and secure base upon which young people can grow and develop socially, emotionally and spiritually. 

Please, will you make a donation by downloading our Giving Form and returning it to Young Life Australia, PO Box 240, West Ryde NSW 1685? If you are a regular donor, it is possible to increase your regular gift or to make a one-off additional tax-deductible gift. Our online giving page can be found at younglife.org.au/give. 

We are so thankful for your involvement in the work of Young Life. 

Yours faithfully, 

Glyn Henman

CEO | Young Life Australia

  • Ebony’s name and some details have been changed for privacy reasons