Sydney Rabbi helping wayward youngsters

November 20, 2009 by J-Wire Staff
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A Sydney rabbi is part of a team which has received government funding to help wayward youngsters.

Silk and Ariki McDonald, MP Paul Pearce, Lee Cooper (crouching), Ivor Findlay (WAYS Management Committe), Tony Kay (Waverley Councillor), Rabbi Mendel Kastel (WAYS Management Committee).

Silk and Ariki McDonald, MP Paul Pearce, Lee Cooper (crouching), Ivor Findlay (WAYS Management Committe), Tony Kay (Waverley Councillor), Rabbi Mendel Kastel (WAYS Management Committee).

The mangement team which includes Rabbi Mendel Kastel,staff,  young people and invited guests gathered at WAYS Youth Services today to  proudly receive a $5,000 cheque from Paul Pearce, NSW  MP for Coogee on behalf of the NSW Minister for Juvenile Justice Mr Graham West.  Russell King CEO, in accepting the cheque  says “this money will help us to provide services to young people who are currently in our Juvenile Justice Employment Skilling Case Management programme.  This programme  helps to get these young people into education, training and work, and we know that these kinds of activities  will help them keep out of trouble and begin to build the skills to enter the labour market in a sustainable way”.  A recent internal report of WAYS clients  indicates that 48% of all young people engaged with the service are currently unemployed, have below year 10 education and identify education, training and employment as the top three concerns they have.  WAYS is grateful to the Department of Juvenile Justice for this money.  MP Paul Pearce, is a long time supporter of WAYS Youth Services and we thank him for his continued support of the work we do.

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