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Hard Work and Commitment Pays off for Deadly Youth Mentee

It was a big week for one of the participants of the Deadly Youth Mentoring Program, with Jye French successfully completing his first week of work.

Jye was originally referred to the Deadly Youth Mentoring Program through South Sydney High School after struggling with his school attendance and needing additional support to help him achieve his goals. Jye worked intensively with his mentor, Yileen Gordon to identify his short-term and long-term goals, which included pursuing a career in the construction industry.

With the support of Souths Cares, Jye attended a Careers Expo, developed a resume, participated in mock job interviews and completed some pre-employment training. His hard work was rewarded when he was offered a job interview for a Carpentry Apprenticeship with ‘Top Knot Carpentry’ in Banksmeadow.

Following his job interview, Jye was offered employment and commenced his first day of work last week. Jye said the Souths Cares program helped him achieve some of his goals he previously thought were out of his reach.

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“South Cares and the Deadly Youth Mentoring helped me become more responsible and supported me throughout my time in the program and helped me get job ready and achieve things I didn’t think I was capable of.’’

Yileen Gordon, Deadly Youth Mentor said he was extremely proud of Jye’s achievements. 

“Jye has faced a number of adversities in his journey from leaving school to commencing work this week," said Gordon.

"His attitude and commitment towards changing his life for the better and achieving his goals cannot be questioned”.

The Deadly Youth Mentoring Program is delivered within South Eastern Sydney and supports Aboriginal youth at-risk of entering the Juvenile Justice create positive pathways.