The Skills for Life program review

The Carlton Football Community Fund exists to develop community outcomes and assist people from disadvantaged, newly arrived refugee and migrant backgrounds through a range of initiatives.

As well as the Skills for Life program, these include:

  • The CARLTON RESPECTS Program; aiming to build respect and educate the community on the prevalence of family violence.
  • The CARLTON RISE HIGH Program; aiming to support the young people at Carlton Primary School who primarily reside in the Carlton Public Housing Estates through mentoring, literacy and sport initiatives.
  • The INTERFAITH CUP; aiming to bring students from the three major Abrahamic faiths together (Christianity, Judaism & Islam) and build relationships through intercultural dialogue using sport as a vehicle for inclusion.

The Skills for Life program is a multidisciplinary education initiative aimed at building personal and professional skills in multicultural youth aged 16 – 25. The program consists of 5 sessions, which include a theory session and practical sessions that seek to assist young people with building the skills to successfully transition into education, training or employment. While there is considerable anecdotal evidence of the its effectiveness, CFCF has no mechanism for its rigorous evaluation. This review will undertake an analysis of the program design to assess whether it aligns with its intended impact.

The program is run in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

This project was funded in the first round of the Community Fellows Program, 2016.

Community fellow

Shawn Wilkey [Carlton Football Community Fund]

Academic supervisor

Karen Block [Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Team, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health]

Research Program

Community-engaged research