Albany Youth Support Association (AYSA) on the move in Albany
Albany Youth Support Association (AYSA) is on the move.
Having built a 30-year reputation supporting at risk young people, the organisation is relocating the outreach arm of its programs, known as Open Access.
The group will be leaving 19 Prior Street, the building they have been sharing with the Comet Care School for the last year.
“AYSA and Youth Futures enjoy a strong vibrant relationship and have appreciated being able to jointly support and serve the young people of Albany,” says AYSA CEO Ricky Burges.
“Comet has grown so much since they started in Albany, so as the smaller group in the Prior Street premises, we felt practically it was the best move for us to shift to a new building.”
Early last year AYSA welcomed Youth Futures to Albany and assisted them in setting up Comet Care School. The school takes young people finding it difficult to fit into traditional school programs.
It’s a strong synergy as AYSA provide outreach, support and service to homeless young people, those at risk of becoming homeless and 12 to 25-year-olds who are at risk.
The collaboration between AYSA and the Comet Care School has worked extremely well and the vision of having a second care school in Albany has exceeded everyone’s expectations.
Comet Care School has had an exceptional first 12 months and continues to grow with requests for student enrolments increasing consistently over the last six months.
With numbers increasing at Comet, additional staff have been employed to provide those students with the education and the support they need. As a result of the growth, the existing building is not large enough for both organisations.
“We will continue to work collaboratively to provide a network of support to young people who need a supportive school environment and in many cases, being connected to a youth worker who can work with the young person and their family,” says Ms Burges.
Director and CEO of Comet Care School Mark Waite says: “We’re excited the school has grown and achieved so much in a short time, but this has also meant we need more space.
“AYSA have been gracious by being willing to move and we’re looking forward to continuing our close working relationship with them from their new home.”
Both AYSA and Comet Care School have stressed the move will not interrupt services.
AYSA will move into their new premises for term two.
For further comment contact:
AYSA CEO Ricky Burges – 9842 2082 or 0419 913 684.
Comet CEO Mark Waite – 9300 2677 or 0467 567 467.