$200,000 Grant to Help Brimbank Tackle Youth Crime

The Andrews Labor Government today announced a $200,000 grant for The Youth Junction Inc. to help the Brimbank community tackle youth crime and repeat offending.

The Youth Umbrella Project is one of 18 projects across Victoria to share in $7.6 million of funding from the Youth Crime Prevention Grants program.

The Youth Umbrella Project will work with young people and create a pathway away from offending through early intervention and diversion programs.

The project, led by Youth Junction Inc. with support from community partners, will provide referrals to multiple programs as needed, such as face-to-face legal counselling and education, living skills, narrative therapy, music production, cooking, barista and ‘Stir it Up Skill’ hospitality training, respectful relationships, indoor football, and after-school homework.

The Youth Crime Prevention Grants are part of the government’s ongoing work to address the underlying causes of youth crime and repeat offending.

The grants provide funding for community-led projects that work with young people aged between 10 and 24.

The government has also funded 42 additional police Youth Resource Officers to work in local communities and divert young people from a life of crime.

The additional staff are part of the government’s record $2 billion Community Safety Statement, which includes thousands more police, new powers, equipment and additional measures to hold young offenders to account.

A full list of the youth crime prevention projects can be found at crimeprevention.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville

“Getting young people involved in their community, making them feel supported and helping them find education or employment is an important part of tackling youth crime.”

 “The Andrews Labor Government is proud to be supporting these community-based programs, given the difference they can make to young people and their communities.”

Quotes attributable to State Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman MP

“Having intensive support in the Brimbank community means at-risk young people won’t turn to a life of crime.”

“These type of projects can be life-changing and help give young people a fresh start and the best chance to succeed.”

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