Jaru Night Club is held three nights every week of the school year. Jaru Night Club was created to allow young adults to engage in productive and enjoyable practical learning. Jaru Night Club is not a replacement for secondary education but rather a less formal environment through which young adults can re-access education and participate in an alternative positive set of activities during the evenings.
Jaru Night Club included recreational activities as well as directed practical learning activities such as story writing, mathematics, painting, printmaking, reading, computers, cooking and music. Additionally Jaru Night Club has a practical or project focus in that it may include workshops on issues such as sexual and relationship health, substance misuse forums and dealing with ‘government forms’.
Homework Centre is an exciting new initiative to add value to Yuendumu School hours for primary children. It is seen as a younger version of Jaru Night Club for the 5 – 15 age bracket. As part of the youth program, school children come to the Homework Centre 2 afternoons a week.
The School provides learning resources and the Youth Worker is assisted by Jaru trainees and YCA volunteers. This has proved a huge success with younger children with an average daily attendance of 21. Work sheets and games focus on developing numeracy and literacy, handwriting skills, comprehension, geography and culture. Music and art is also offered. Through discussions with the school teachers, we are able to give meaningful one on one support to kids in areas they are struggling with.