Advance is a school-based program for young people to volunteer in their community. It is run as a partnership between the Office for Youth, Victorian government secondary schools and community organisations.
Through Advance, young people, schools and community organisations develop networks of relationships while achieving shared goals. The program also encourages communities to support and recognise young people’s participation and positive role in society.
Beaufort Secondary College has been involved in the Advance program for many years and it has been extremely popular and successful. Throughout those years, the program has provided opportunities for young people to volunteer in the local community, gain their Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, achieve level 1 & 2 First Aid, be a part of various expeditions/excursions, engage in fundraising and work with people with disabilities.
The Victoria Police have been Beaufort Secondary College’s community partner since the program began. The focus of this partnership is to help with the delivery of the program, break down the barriers between the Police force and young people and create relationships built on trust. The students involved become members of the Victorian Police Youth Corps and attend a graduation ceremony at the police academy in Melbourne at the end of the course.
Advance gives young people a chance to do something great in their community. Young people are able to plan projects, meet new people, build skills and make a difference in their community.