Our history

From its beginning, Search Light Inc. has supported the students of Southside Education, now Carinity Education – Southside, and their families. The organisation was originally formed in 2001 as the Friends and Supporters of Southside Education Centre and became incorporated in 2004 under the name of Women for the Well-Being of Young Women Inc.

In 2005, in response to a clear need to support the many young mothers attending the school, a Crèche was established in a nearby church hall with the assistance of funding from the Department for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Job Education and Training (JET). A mentoring program for students was also established with funding from the State Government.

Crèche attendance quickly grew so the Crèche was relocated to leased premises at 58 Gager Street, Sunnybank, to meet increased demand from the many young mothers who needed access to quality childcare and parenting support to complete their secondary education.

The 2006 strategic review set strategic goals for the organisation, a clear future direction and resulted in a change of name to Search Light Inc. Over the years, Search Light Inc. has expanded its operations to respond to emerging community needs and currently supports two community access schools, Carinity Education – Southside, and Hymba Yumba in Springfield.

In 2014, the Search Light Early Learning Centre moved to the new purpose built ‘Numberlee Kunerra Learning Place’ on the Carinity Education – Southside campus.  The partnership between Search Light Inc. and Carinity Education – Southside has enabled many young women to complete their secondary education, access employment and training, and gain effective parenting skills.