Pathways to Resilience Trust — Empowering Youth to Thrive


The Empowering Youth to Thrive initiative uses a neuroscience approach to empower young people in learning and happiness, assist with transitioning into employment, increase confidence and ensure they build stronger relationships in the workplace.

The initiative will work collaboratively with families and caregivers, as well as employers to ensure participants receive a range of case management support.

Following an initial interview, participants will complete training and activities integrating neuroscience for at least 3 days per week for 6 weeks.

The next 6 weeks will involve participants undertaking 4 days per week completing teamwork and practical skill development which includes: a one week Work Experience Placement, resume writing, project management and sessions on exploring vocational pathways. Participants will be provided with transport, exercise sessions and catering during the daily sessions.

In the final phase, participants will have access to needs-based coaching and mentoring, including peer-to-peer mentoring and regular check-ins through group activities and events.

Empowering Youth to Thrive is available primarily to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Pacifica young people aged 15-24 years (although non-indigenous people may apply) who have one or more of the following:

  • Vocational Barriers e.g. limited work history, low work skills;
  • Non-vocational Barriers e.g. low levels of formal schooling and qualifications;
  • Contextual issues e.g. living in low socio-economic areas, foster care;
  • Cognitive-motivational issues e.g. poor social and emotional skills, low motivation and self-esteem, lack of communication skills;
  • Psycho-social issues e.g. poor mental health, substance misuse, trauma
  • Anti-social behavioural issues e.g. poor anger management and criminal behaviour.


Queensland - Logan City Local Government Area, Inala, Carole Park or Acacia Ridge

Initiative Period

8 May 2017 to 7 May 2019


Contact: Athol Young, Project Manager

Phone: 0409 895 866



Visit the Pathways to Resilience website.