A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMISSIONER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Moving into adulthood is an exciting time. It is filled 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 first 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 first 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 confidence 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 Streetsmart 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
- Hi, I'm a mentor for a kids program where I'm working with middle and high school students. My mentees and I are talking about peer pressure and bullying. I thought it would be a great topic because it's an important conversation for their age group and it offers some great discussions and activities. Our latest activity was to work with a person you've never met before and do some research on the topic together! One group found your page (This one: https://smarthandbooks.com.au//links-9) while doing some research and our whole group found the information on your page helpful to our bullying discussion. Thanks! That group (Addie and Danny) also came across another helpful article about this article aimed towards teenagers about bullying: https://online.regiscollege.edu/bachelor-of-social-work/a-teens-guide-to-peer-pressure/ I was wondering if you would mind including it on your page? Addie and Danny are two of our younger kids in the group and they are both very quiet. I'd love to show them that they are great researchers and great digital citizens, I know that it would definitely make them feel a bit more confident. Have a great day, Jaclyn
- I received a few of your books sent to our school a while ago and they look great to go along with our Cross Roads program Chantell Fuller English and Drama Teacher Relieving Year 11 Advisor Blacktown Boys' High School
- We think they’re a great resource for students Liz Chambers Workplace Learning Bunbury Senior High School
- As a Distance Education school we only see students a handful of occasions throughout the year which makes it difficult to distribute. I personally think it is a great resource and thought an electronic version of the handbook would make it more accessible to our students. Those that would like a hard copy can then request for one to be forwarded to them by mail. The Principals has given the go ahead to upload the handbook link to our website and FB page. Bridie Holmes
- They are fantastic and have distributed the electronic copy as well.
- Yes received the electronic copy and year advisers have posted them in their digital classrooms. The information is very useful. Cheers Mrs Julie Mehic Bomaderry High School Maths Teacher/Year Advisor/HT Wellbeing