At ARA we know that young people are the future and we celebrate who they are today. We care about supporting young people to overcome challenges and help them towards achieving their goals. ARA is passionate about helping young people to succeed in life. We provide a range of one-to-one support as well as group programs. Our services support young people through their education and employment pathways, as well as focusing on their safety, well-being and settlement in South Australia. Our programs provide the opportunity for young people to become emerging leaders in their local communities, volunteers and engage in social participation.
Our social workers and youth workers can provide support to young people in a one-on-one capacity to help with a variety of issues that affect young people. If young people would like additional support, we can also support their family members in order to achieve a holistic and culturally appropriate approach. ARA employs bicultural workers to help young people who don’t speak English, as well as having access to interpreters.

These services are subject to eligibility.
Join our mentoring program and make a lasting impact on the lives of inspiring young individuals. As a mentee, you'll receive guidance, support, and resources to help you succeed academically, professionally, and personally. As a mentor, you'll have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experience, while also learning and growing alongside your mentee. For parents, this program offers your child a trusted adult mentor who can provide a positive influence and support their journey. Don't miss this chance to be a part of a meaningful and life-changing program.
ARA’s Homework Club was established in 2006 with the main aim to help young people to excel in their education. Our program has supported over 700 students and provides 280 sessions annually. The program’s success has been recognized in the Department of Social Services’ publication, Empowering Refugees – A Good Guide to Humanitarian Settlement.

Our dedicated volunteers provide tutoring support to students across eight locations in the metropolitan region. The homework club is delivered in a community setting aiming to increase students’ literacy and numeracy skills and transition into formal education in Australia.
In addition to our largest program, the homework club provides one-to-one support for young people.

This can include:
support to enrol in school or relocate to a new school
re-entry meetings with young people and their parents
bullying or issues with racism at school
subject choices
applying for higher education through SATAC
school fees and education costs
stationery supplies.
ARA provides young people one-to-one support or group workshops to help young people become prepared for employment in Australia. From writing resumes and cover letters to practicing interview skills and delivering workshops based on coffee making, customer service and career specific information, our young people develop skills to navigate the employment industry in Australia. We can also help young people to resolve issues with their employers.
A free service for young people living in the northern suburbs, the youth hangout is held at ARA's Salisbury office and is supported by a trained youth facilitator and volunteers. The program offers a range of activities, including study and employment support, youth-focused activities dedicated to building independence skills and positive relationships. Links to services and support is offered as required.

These services are subject to eligibility.
Obtaining a learners license allows young people to increase their connectedness and involvement in the South Australian community. It helps young people to become more independent and enhances employability. Our fee-free course is delivered over three days, with staff members accompanying participants to their test on the fourth day.

The program is available to young people aged between 16 and 30, from refugee backgrounds who have lived in Australia for under five years. It includes give-way scenarios, road rules and the opportunity to meet a police officer. Our trainer has over seven years’ experience delivering this workshop, with an extremely high success rate.

The learner license preparation course is also available in Nepali and Arabic.
Our activities vary each school holiday break, responding to changing needs. Activities include indoor rock climbing, adventure courses, picnics, cooking classes, sports and Christmas and Easter parties.

All of our activities are free.
Art at ARA is held every Tuesday 4pm-6pm during school terms. A free and fun series of workshops for young people. The program is designed for young people 12-25 years from refugee backgrounds who have lived in Australia less than five years. Classes are held at Salisbury. To register contact ARA.
ARA's Youth Ambassador Program is a leadership development opportunity for students in years 10 and 11. Students from a refugee background or with a particular interest in refugee issues are nominated by their schools and by ARA staff to participate. Beginning with a camp, the program provides opportunities in leadership training, public speaking, advocacy and fundraising.
Many of the past youth ambassadors now provide a public face for ARA. They are employed to speak about their experiences as former refugees at schools, public events,and cultural awareness training sessions; to assist with ARA youth programs; and to take a lead as peer leaders in ongoing youth ambassador programs.
Building confidence and skills for better settlement outcomes. A series of workshops relating to the safety and well-being of young people from a refugee background. ARA has facilitated this successful program for over three years, working closely with schools and communities. The workshops are interactive, culturally appropriate and youth friendly. These sessions are run for young men and young women separately and are tailored to meet the needs of the students.

The workshops have been facilitated with students from African, Middle Eastern and South East Asian backgrounds. Group work is very effective and allows participants to support each other and share ideas and opinions.This flexible program can fit into school curriculum, after school programs or during school camps. A community development worker will facilitate the program where teachers of other staff members such as student counsellors can also be involved, enabling the building of relationships between school staff and students.