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  Centre for Adolescent Development

  "Where We Go One, We Go All"


Address :                    210 Brock Road,  Hallora  VIC  3818

                                   PO Box  338,   Drouin        VIC 3818


Phone :                       (03)   56275585

Fax :                           (03)   56275549

Email :                        minders@blackwood.vic.edu.au

Website :                   www.blackwood.vic.edu.au


Established :               1994

Purpose :

  • To impact on the increasing number of intelligent young people prematurely dropping out of secondary colleges
  • To develop and strengthen adolescents protective factors:
    - sense of belonging
    - significant other
    - low family stress
  • To make a positive impact on a wide range of risk factors affecting adolescents eg. youth suicide, youth homelessness, substance abuse, violence,  etc.
  • To continually develop successful methods of educating our young people, who are at risk, to be useful and constructive members of society


Program Type :   Early Intervention Alternative Program                            

                           Students work towards individually negotiated

                           and team based goals.


Program Length :      School Semester

Participants :             Twenty ( 20 ) students per intake

                                  Enrolled in State Government Secondary College


                                  Average Age  -  14 years 4 months 

Attendance :              Daily

                                  Average attendance rate since 1994  -  93%

Selection  Process :    Referred by students’ home college, doctors, 

                                   paediatricians, parent / carers.

                                   Interview based


Administration: Overseen by Blackwood Committee of Management

                   Committee of Management Chairperson – Cr Peter Kostos

                        Host College - Drouin Secondary College

                        Host College Principal - Mr Shane Wainwright

                        Blackwood Team Leader  -  Mr David Hayes             


School  Number :       7785-02

ABN :                         26 538 019 611


Youth Foundation :   Blackwood Youth Foundation Incorporated.

                                 Established 1998 to financially support the

                                 operation of Blackwood Centre for Adolescent


                                 Certificate of Incorporation Number :  A0036066P

                                  ABN :  52 257 277 810


                                          Recognised by Australian Taxation Office as a

                                  public benevolent and charitable institution, and

                                  as such has endorsement as an Income Tax

                                  Exempt Charity and as a Deductible Gift