"Think highly of your work."
John Baptist de la Salle, Meditation for the Feast of St Matthew, 167.2
Volunteer programs offer a range of benefits along with the opportunity of learning new skills.
In the Lasallian tradition, Share the Mission (STM) is a leading example of the passion and dedication devoted by our volunteers.
William Peters and Josh Cant are STM volunteers currently working on yourtown's 'Transition to Work' program as part of a NSW Government funded initiative helping young people between the ages of 15-21 improve their chances of finding employment.
Based at yourtown
in the Campbelltown office and living at the De La Salle Brothers residence in Bankstown, the boys are hard at work assisting the office youth worker with workshops and ongoing sessions.
For both Josh and William, this is their first time away from home which will see Sydney as their home for the next 12 months.
"We get an opportunity to work with people who are disengaged from work and studies. The program helps to facilitate their interests in navigating employment or re-engaging in further studies," explained Josh.
The program helps disadvantaged young people to understand workplace requirements and develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours expected by employers.
"The staff have been great in showing us how to facilitate these workshops, so that's been a valuable skill for me and to get the opportunity to run these ourselves," added William.
Would like to know more about volunteer work?
Lasallian Volunteer programs operate in many parts of the world and are open to young adults, teachers and non-teaching staff.
http://www.delasalle.org.au/about-us/lasallian-volunteers.html - link back to the website