Eight Border youth currently taking part in the PaTH program through Australian Employment and Training Solutions are not only supporting a good cause, but have linked up with employers.
One person has landed a job already and five others have been interviewed.
They held a fundraiser for the Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue as their first achievement and AETS trainer Gavin Rowell said they would also learn employability skills.
"They're networking and making connections, and their confidence is growing," he said.
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"I've had more than 150 students go through the program since the start of last year, and at least half have gained some sort of employment or training."
Sam Robinson, 20, of Albury secured a casual position with Asahi Beverages.
"I got into the program through CVGT after looking for employment for about a year," he said.
"I'm really thankful for the opportunities provided."
The federal government program is delivered through four Border organisations and offers wage subsidies for eligible young people and businesses.