SLES participants give their writing skills a workout

When we heard there were a couple of aspiring writers in our School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) program, we wanted to give them an opportunity to develop their skills and a platform to share their work.

During the height of the pandemic and Victoria’s lockdown, our SLES participants were forced to move their course online. This took a little getting used to, but they quickly got the hang of it – and even came to enjoy the opportunity to interact with their classmates while stuck at home.

It was at this time that SLES participant Tristan (pictured above) wrote his first piece, My experiences during the pandemic. This piece – featured in our June 2020 newsletter – proved very popular! Tristan’s experiences seemed to really strike a chord with readers who were feeling many of the same things that he was.

Thankfully, this year our SLES group has been able to return to the classroom and undertake practical work experience in our warehouses. Although back at Mambourin, Tristan was keen to keep working towards his goal of becoming a writer. Our SLES mentor Brittany encouraged Tristan to continue writing about his experiences doing the program.

Following on from the success of Tristan’s newsletter piece, we wanted to provide a platform for him to share his new work – and so the SLES blog was born!

The SLES blog is open to any interested SLES participants who would like to submit a post. Recently, Chloe, another budding writer keen to develop her skills, wrote the post, Achieving your goals with SLES.

Chloe is sitting in front of a table in a classroom

Chloe is sitting in the SLES classroom

We now have five SLES blog posts live on the website. The blogs include stories about friendship, explaining what happens in the SLES program, and interviews with other classmates. To find the posts visit Latest news on our website, then under News Categories tick the box that says SLES blog. It’s as easy as that!

We announce each new blog post on our Facebook page, so follow us there to know when the next post drops.

Thank you, Tristan, Chloe and the whole SLES team – we are proud of all the hard work you’re putting in to build your skills and follow your dreams.

A group of SLES participants stand in a classroom, two are handing out flyers to the others

Chloe and Tristan hand out flyers in a mock-election

To find out more about our SLES program visit our School Leaver Employment Support page.

Want to know if SLES is right for you? Contact one of our friendly team members on 9731 9200 or email us at hello@mambourin.org


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