Young people from African communities across Melbourne have taken part in a school holiday program.

The 'Beat the Time' program included of a range of activities such as:

  • cooking lessons
  • sports and social activities
  • resume writing, and
  • mock job interviews.

The activities help to build positive relationships and boost confidence. They also help to set young people up for job opportunities and life after school.

The Australian African Foundation for Retention and Opportunity (AAFRO) received $15,000 in funding to run the program.

'Beat the Time' builds on other initiatives delivered by AAFRO including the ‘Stir it Up’ program. These programs teach participants valuable life skills and provides them with the chance to put them into practice.

The funding forms part of a broader investment that will see more than 1,400 young people participate in culturally appropriate day and overnight activities, as part of the delivery of Victoria’s Crime Prevention Strategy.

Read more about our Building Safer Communities program.