Hands On Learning Australia is a harm prevention charity that partners with schools to give students at risk of early leaving the hope and aspiration to stay at school and realise their potential. The Hands On Learning (HOL) method has been proven to significantly increase attendance, improve vocational and academic pathways, and reduce youth unemployment.
Ten students work with two artisan-teachers one full day each week on creative building projects that benefit the school and local community. Student engagement increases through safe respectful relationships that cultivate a sense of belonging and tangible learning opportunities that offer opportunities to experience success.
Schools are successfully using the HOL method as a targeted early intervention for students in Years 7-10 who have typically experienced bullying or difficulty learning in the classroom. HOL is highly effective because vulnerable students remain connected to their school community and receive ongoing long-term support. HOL participants experience permanent, positive change.
The Ross Trust is supporting the general capacity of HOL to assist them achieve their vision of doubling the number of young people they support by 2015
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