Life during the COVID era and the current lockdown in Sydney has proved challenging for our community, however, two participants in the Deadly Youth Mentoring Program recently overcame adversity to secure their first jobs.
Earlier this year, Aleaha Carriage was on the verge of dropping out in Year 8 from Matraville Sports High School due to attendance and behavioural issues. With the support of Souths Cares Deadly Youth Mentoring Program, Aleaha found the motivation to stay in school, build her confidence and then apply for some part-time employment.
After attending a job interview, Aleaha was thrilled to be offered part-time employment at her local McDonalds Restaurant and commenced her first shift two weeks ago.
Aleaha explained securing employment at a young age has provided her with some valuable perspective.
‘Since working at McDonalds it has changed the way I look at a lot of things including school and who I hang around with. It has definitely kept me busy and out of trouble and being able to earn my own money is something I’m really proud of”, Aleaha said.
Kiani Duckett also attends Matraville Sports High School and is a participant in Souths Cares Deadly Youth Mentoring Program. Kiani has faced some challenges as well, which include being suspended from school and adapting to remote classroom learning during the current lockdown.
Kiani is a gifted athlete and was able to bring some of her learnings from team sport into her first job.
“I know how important teamwork is from playing sport, and I have been able to bring that attitude with me into the workplace.
Gaining employment has helped me with my confidence as well and I’ve enjoyed the challenge of learning new skills”, Kiani said.
Kiani has also been supported by Souths Cares to apply for the SEDA College program for next year, which provides students with an alternate HSC pathway and hands-on experiences within the sports industry. Kiani has aspirations of being a professional athlete or working in sports administration after she finishes school.
Deadly Youth Mentor, Yileen Gordon explained he was proud of Aleaha and Kiani for overcoming some challenges and landing their first job.
“I couldn’t be prouder of Aleaha and Kiani for their recent achievements, particularly in the challenging circumstances with the COVID lockdown. Both girls have bright futures ahead of them and are definitely on the right track”, Yileen said.