A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMISSIONER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Moving into adulthood is an exciting time. It is lled with new opportunities, adventures and freedoms, waiting to be explored and discovered. But it can be a scary time too. Suddenly you are faced with a whole new range of decisions and responsibilities that you have never had to deal with before.
Some of the best lessons I’ve learnt in my life have come from making mistakes and learning from my experiences. But there have also been times where I’ve been grateful to get some really helpful advice that has stopped me from making mistakes in the rst place.
The Streetsmart Handbook is a collection of all the snippets of information and advice you need when you’re entering the adult world, in a single compact book.
Whether you are moving out of home, trying to get a driver’s license, deciding on a career or wanting some health and wellbeing tips; this book has got it covered. It will give you practical tools to negotiate with a dodgy landlord, help you avoid creeps on the internet, buy your rst car and set a sensible budget. It will also save you a lot of Googling.
I hope this handbook helps you face the good, bad and boring parts of adulthood with con dence and calm. Getting the basics right will help free up more time and energy on what is most important: enjoying and making the most of this exciting time.
Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People
NHWA is proud to endorse the Streetsmart Handbook.
Since 2002, the Streetsmart Handbook has been delivered to teenagers at secondary schools with the aim of helping to educate our youth on important topics relevant to them as they transition into adult life.
NHWA’s partnership with the Streetsmart Handbooks will not only assist teenagers with subjects such as cyber bullying, depression, social behaviour in the community, dangers of drugs/alcohol and much more but will also engage our brand and goals in creating a safe, connected and inclusive community, where people feel empowered, informed and engaged with one another and with local police.
The Streetsmart Handbook will not only benefit teenagers but will also give their families guidance towards various places, organisations and contacts whenever they need assistance.
This is an exciting venture for NHWA!
The Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) are police community groups that started in 1926 and aim to provide opportunities for young people to be involved in a variety of sports and other activities.
Throughout the state there are many halls equipped with gym facilities, rings for boxing, Judo and other types of sports. The venues are traditionally set up in areas where there is limited facilities and all branches are run as non profit.
PCYC Victoria have built a strong relationship delivering the Street Smart handbook to young people all over Victoria. The Handbook has been running for over 15 year now and we are very proud to be associated with such a fantastic product. The partnership is essential as we work together to support the youth of today.
Victoria Police and Citizens Youth Club Inc.
Streetsmart Handbook Chapters
- I found that the handbook was a great tool for young people, with easy to read and useful information. I would encourage any young person leaving school or moving out of home to have this on hand as a quick “how to” guide to adulting! 18-July-2018
- We find the students read through the Streetsmart Handbook take in the information and feel free to ask questions that they find are relevant to their current situation in our well-being sessions Leanne Mansell 15/06/2018
- Our Health curriculum teachers find them a great resource for our Year 11 students. We find placing one into each of their hands at this pivotal time in their lives is extremely beneficial as they are filled with relevant information and we believe the students engage with them really positively. Kind regards Fleur Smith Counsellor Administrator | Dip Min, Cert III Ed Sup, Cert III Ch Serv 22 May 2018
- The NSW Streetsmart Handboook is a great resource with handy, useful and relevant information for senior students. It has complemented our student well-being program and the sessions we run in collaboration with U Turn the Wheel and Paul Dillon's Drugs and Alcohol Talks. A very valuable resource that can assist our students with their social awareness and development of skills they need to use through sometimes complex issues which will confront their lives.Angela Cofini
Yr 11 Coordinator
Danebank Anglican School for Girls
- I am the Career Teacher at Grovedale College I have used your hand copy version of Street Smart with Year 10 students. Students and teachers have provided very positive feedback re content and topics These resources are used in our Focus Group sessions that we have with year 10 students every Friday fortnight during a 100 minute double session ( for about 4 week).Paul Maguire
- We are pleased to advise that the ‘Police Citizen Youth Clubs Vic Streetsmart Handbook’ has been nominated as a recipient for the Crop Smart ‘ Community Matter' Programme. Crop Smart is mindful of the importance of helping today’s youth prepare for life after school. We wish you the very best for the ongoing success of this beneficial publication.The Team at Crop Smart