Sunset School

Starting in April 2022 and funded by the NT Government, the Yipirinya Sunset School is an innovative and unique way to engage young people of Alice Springs outside of normal school hours.

Running after school, on weekends, public holidays and school holidays, the Sunset School aims for long term positive outcomes for youth through relationships, culture and inclusion.

The Sunset School engages young people in activities and purpose, rather than them becoming bored and possibly turning to anti-social behaviour.

Through engaging and supporting young people and their families, the program gives them access to activities, community participation and pathways to pursue their interests and passions.

Community and personal development activities such as participating in team sport, cooking, arts, craft and technology are part of the program which results in community engagement, social development and relationship building, while also learning practical skills for their futures.

In October 2022, just 6-months after launching the Sunset School, enrolment at Yipirinya School tripled and attendance rates almost quadrupled partially in response to its implementation. This shows the importance of empowering and engaging young people through innovative, inclusive and culturally responsive education.

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