Our Geared2Drive program provides cars and volunteer supervising drivers so young people, who would otherwise be unable to get a licence, can complete the needed 75 hours of supervised driving.  This then provides the young person with more freedom and opens up their access to work and other opportunities.

Each year we support around 25 young people through the program. One of our Geared2Drive graduates, Sakina, shared her experience of the program and what it meant to her:

“The jobs I was looking for was mostly out of the city, far away so was hard for me to get to — two buses,” Sakina said. “I did get late a couple of times for my interview because of the timetable of the buses, it’s not reliable.

“I was looking for work so I started doing traineeships as a receptionist … I needed to get my Ps because every time I was looking for a job, they wanted me to have my licence.”

Sakina found out about Geared2Drive through her brother Adnon. Adnon was referred to the program through his work with the AFL’s Multicultural Ambassador program. Their family fled Afghanistan, where car ownership is low, so neither of their parents could drive, making it almost impossible for Adnon and Sakina to learn and complete the 75 driving hours needed with a qualified driver.

“My father is a retired pensioner, 73 years old and he is not driving because he’s got eye problems and my mum is not well as well so she can’t drive,” she said.

The pair both successfully completed their 75 hours through the program and have their licence. Sakina has also completed volunteer work at SYC while she completed her Certificate III in Financial Services. She’s training in reception and administration work, but also plans to learn other areas of the business, including finance and HR to further boost her career prospects.

With a licence and experience in hand she’s well prepared for the next phase of her journey to independence.