The ACE program offers young people who are disengaged from mainstream education an opportunity to complete their Year 10 and Senior Certificates in a flexible setting that also offers life skills and personal development workshops. A YOS Education Support Worker provides some assistance to the teacher and an additional youth worker supports students with more complex needs. A student's ACE experience is flexible and designed to fit both group and individual needs and includes: Mathematics and English, Work Experience, Certificate I and II courses in Hospitality, Horticulture, Information Technology, Active Volunteering, Outdoor Education, communication skills, anger management, positive habits and resilience building. Opportunities are also identified to bring in external stakeholders and service providers to connect with and enrich the program through a range of activities. To date this has included Max Employment, EPIC, Sarina Russo, Eden Gardens, Behaviour Services and HELP Enterprises.
Now in its fourth year of operation ACE has provided considerable benefits. Despite many of these students being written off by the community, they have found a sense of belonging with the ACE program and are engaging with the teachers and youth workers to overcome educational and social barriers. Attendances have increased; two students returned to complete Year 12; eight students completed Year 12; other students have school based apprenticeships, gained TAFE qualifications or have gone onto employment.