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RIDE

Opening up career pathways for unemployed youth

Resilience Through Inspiration & Determination leading to Employment (RIDE) was established to guide at-risk unemployed youth into further training or employment opportunities.

Youth unemployment is high among at-risk groups, who experience:

  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Inter-generational unemployment
  • Limited access to transport
  • Non-attendance at school
  • Low confidence and self-esteem
  • A lack of support

Take a look at our some of our Success Stories below to see how this program has made a positive impact in young people’s lives.

The RIDE program

Mas Transition’s RIDE program helped young at-risk Australians find their pathway to further education, training and employment opportunities.

Fun, engaging and mentally stimulating, the program was designed to set young people up with the best chance of success.

RIDE delivered 30 interactive workshops with activities to empower disadvantaged youth to enter the workforce. Participants improved physical and mental health while gaining crucial work-ready skills, industry network contacts and guidance on securing employment.

Mas launched RIDE in early 2019 in South Australia and Tasmania in collaboration with Lighthouse Youth Projects — to equip young people with the confidence, skills and motivation they need to thrive.

Group of RIDE program participants standing under the sign for Clarence Skills Park
A group of young people standing in front of a building, smiling at the camera.

Confidence and Skill-Building Workshops

RIDE combined the fun and physicality of BMX and mountain bike riding with various workshops to help young Australians prepare themselves for employment. Participants developed and applied transferable skills, while also being able to contribute to their communities.

RIDE focused on addressing the underlying issues that contribute to poor performance, such as low education, unemployment and a lack of positive social inclusion. The program also invested in early intervention and prevention to help young people better transition into employment.

On a rotating basis each session, half of the participating group travelled on exciting and challenging bike trips with expert BMX and downhill riders. Meanwhile, the other half undertook engaging lessons and activities on issues like financial literacy, job interviews and resume writing. Whether participants had no idea what they wanted to do for work, didn’t enjoy school or were facing their own unique challenges, this program successfully delivered personal growth and employment outcomes.

Success Stories

Shifting Focus

A teenager was referred to the Mas Transitions service through our Disability Employment Services partner Interact Australia. As a teenage parent with several personal hurdles to overcome, this young man faced significant barriers to employment.

The participant became involved in the Cycle of Change program, and once this ended attended the RIDE program, both run by Mas Transitions in partnership with Lighthouse Youth Projects (LYP).

He initially showed a lack of focus and determination and frequently missed appointments because he ‘could not be bothered’ attending. Mas Transitions facilitators and LYP mentors worked together with the young man to challenge this attitude.

With a focus on physical and mental health management and the development of work-ready skills, the RIDE program equips participants with the confidence, skills, and motivation they need to thrive and succeed.

“The programs have helped me understand that I can get a job and finish things that I start, like training courses.” – Participant

As a result of his participation in the RIDE program, he has been able to obtain his driver’s license, removing transportation as a potential barrier to future employment. He is also enrolled in a steel framing pre-apprenticeship program, delivered by the Adelaide Training and Employment Centre (ATEC) in partnership with Mas and Interact.

To show how far he has come since joining RIDE, he currently completes a 4 hour round trip to ATEC each day from his home. This demonstrates a significant change in attitude and shows the young man’s newly developed resilience and determination to succeed.

The future is bright for this young man as he nears the end of his pre-apprenticeship, and his goal to eventually enter a full apprenticeship supported with further mentoring through Mas.

Creating Bonds

A young woman with Asperger Syndrome was referred to the Mas Transitions RIDE program through her Disability Employment Service provider. She finds social situations difficult, which has impacted her ability to find work.

She would initially distance herself from others, however, as the weeks went on she developed close friendships with others on the program. Creating a team environment that is supportive and inclusive is a fundamental part of the RIDE program structure, and helps to create strong bonds between participants while developing a sense of community.

“RIDE has given me friendship, we meet and go to the cinema, have sleepovers and talk for hours. I have never had this before.” – Participant

“My daughter who has a disability has done many programs, none of them have had quite the impact that RIDE has. I can’t believe the change in her. She now has friends over for dinner and is keen to show us the new things she has learned on the program.” – Parent

With a greater sense of confidence, she began to feel that she was better prepared to seek employment. A volunteer role at a local food bank provided the perfect stepping stone and she began volunteering two days a week in addition to attending the RIDE program.

Once she had successfully completed the RIDE program, she then commenced a full-time role with the same organisation.

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