At ARA we know that young people are the future and we celebrate who they are today. We care about supporting young people to overcome challenges and help them towards achieving their goals.

ARA is passionate about helping young people to succeed in life. We provide a range of one-to-one support as well as group programs. Our services support young people through their education and employment pathways, as well as focusing on their safety, well-being and settlement in South Australia. Our programs provide the opportunity for young people to become emerging leaders in their local communities, volunteers and engage in social participation.
ARA’s Homework Club was established in 2006 with the main aim to help young people to excel in their education. Our program has supported over 700 students and provides 280 sessions annually. The program’s success has been recognized in the Department of Social Services’ publication, Empowering Refugees – A Good Guide to Humanitarian Settlement.

Our dedicated volunteers provide tutoring support to students across eight locations in the metropolitan region. The homework club is delivered in a community setting aiming to increase students’ literacy and numeracy skills and transition into formal education in Australia.
Our social workers and youth workers can provide support to young people in a one-on-one capacity to help with a variety of issues that affect young people. If young people would like additional support, we can also support their family members in order to achieve a holistic and culturally appropriate approach. ARA employs bicultural workers to help young people who don’t speak English, as well as having access to interpreters.

These services are subject to eligibility.
ARA provides young people one-to-one support or group workshops to help young people become prepared for employment in Australia. From writing resumes and cover letters to practicing interview skills and delivering workshops based on coffee making, customer service and career specific information, our young people develop skills to navigate the employment industry in Australia. We can also help young people to resolve issues with their employers.
In addition to our largest program, the homework club provides one-to-one support for young people.

This can include:
support to enrol in school or relocate to a new school
re-entry meetings with young people and their parents
bullying or issues with racism at school
subject choices
applying for higher education through SATAC
school fees and education costs
stationery supplies.
Our activities vary each school holiday break, responding to changing needs. Activities include indoor rock climbing, adventure courses, picnics, cooking classes, sports and Christmas and Easter parties.

All of our activities are free.
ARA can provide some material and financial assistance to young people, including:

stationery supplies education fees (criteria applies) bills (criteria applies, limited assistance available) food hampers blankets emergency supplies.

Material and financial assistance is subject to availability throughout the year.
Obtaining a learners license allows young people to increase their connectedness and involvement in the South Australian community. It helps young people to become more independent and enhances employability. Our fee-free course is delivered over three days, with staff members accompanying participants to their test on the fourth day.

The program is available to young people aged between 16 and 30, from refugee backgrounds who have lived in Australia for under five years. It includes give-way scenarios, road rules and the opportunity to meet a police officer. Our trainer has over seven years’ experience delivering this workshop, with an extremely high success rate.

The learner license preparation course is also available in Nepali and Arabic.
The Be Strong, Be Safe Program is a series of workshops relating to the safety and well-being of young people from refugee backgrounds. ARA has facilitated this successful program for over five years, working closely with schools and communities. The workshops are interactive, culturally appropriate and youth friendly. All sessions are run separately for young men and women and are tailored to meet the needs of young people. This flexible program can fit into school curriculum, after school programs or during school camps.

Trained in restorative practice, our youth workers facilitate the program where teachers or other staff members can be involved, building on the relationship between school staff and students. Each Be Strong, Be Safe session runs for approximately two hours.

Topics include: violence, safety, self-defence, dealing with stress, dealing with bullying and racism, body image and the media, cross-cultural interaction, self-identity and self-esteem, healthy relationships, sexual health, and Australian law.