Links to Learning

Key objectives of the Links to Learning Program include:

CONNECT – schools identify appropriate students in partnership with Social Futures.

ENGAGE – Students are actively engaged in meaningful activities delivered by Social Futures Links to Learning Coordinator and other youth programs staff.

LEARN – Students are provided with learning opportunities aimed at improving their education, employment and life skills.

PLAN – Individualised plans are developed collaboratively with students to identify goals and strategies for their transition from Links to Learning projects to their base school or another agreed education option.

TRANSITION – Students are supported in implementing their individual plan for successfully transitioning from Links to Learning projects to school or another agreed education option.

How do I get involved?

Referrals are made via participating schools, but for more information, please contact our Links to Learning Coordinator, Dusty McOnie through email: [email protected] or 02 6620 1800.

Links to Learning

Helping young people to realise their potential and achieve their dreams

“Do it cos it’s so fun and you learn heaps of new things”

“Jen is really inspiring and I can relate to a lot of the things she says”

“We cooked burgers and stir fries and curries, and then Jen made us a recipe book of all the things we cooked throughout the term”

(Links to Learning participants, ABC Radio 2015)

About Links to Learning

This program aims to assist students at risk to re-engage with, or remain engaged with learning and return to their base school or to another agreed educational option at the end of their involvement with the project. Participating schools are Kadina High School, Richmond River High School, Lismore High School, Nimbin Central School, Woodenbong Central School, Alstonville High School and Casino High School.

What kinds of things can you learn in Links to Learning?

Our courses are designed to meet participant’s diverse needs and aspirations and can cover topics from Information Literacy, to Wellbeing and Resilience, as well as specialised Vocational Skills such as cooking and hospitality, photography, art, IT and design.

For an example of some of the cool stuff we do, check out “Nimbin Flipside” – the short film which won 2nd place and an encouragement award for creativity and concept at the 2015 Nimbin Youth Film Competition!

Click the link below to view the video (special thanks to The Clubhouse for their help editing this too!)

“Nimbin Flipside” – 2015 Nimbin Youth Film Competition

Nimbin Links to Learning Crew

This is the Nimbin Links to Learning Crew receiving their award from Mayor Jenny Dowell.

Links to Learning aims to increase life skills such as team building, communication and conflict resolution in young people aged 11-18. It provides links to Vocational Education and Training and builds confidence and self-esteem via individual case management and group programs such as RAGE, Rock and Water and Drumbeats.


02 6620 1800

[email protected]

You might also be interested in these Social Futures programs:

The Computer Clubhouse
Mijung Jarjums - Kids in Mind
Reconnect / GIT

About Links to Learning

Links to Learning is a State Government initiative and is delivered in the Lismore Region of NSW by Social Futures.

Program resources

Check out the Links to Learning website Hear our stories: Click on the media link below to hear our ABC Radio interview about the 2015 G Click Exhibition by Links to Learning Participants.

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