An additional $5.6 million in funding has been announced for vital youth crime prevention projects in eight priority communities in Victoria.
The extended funding is being provided through the Youth Crime Prevention Grants (YCPG) program, which aims to address offending behaviour and recidivism by young people aged between 10-24 years.
Projects in Geelong, Casey, Dandenong, Frankston, Ballarat, Latrobe, Hume and Wyndham will now continue until July 2021. These priority locations were initially identified for the program due to higher crime rates and higher proportions of recidivist young people.
The projects, which launched in June 2017, will receive a further $700,000 to continue delivering support and services to current participants, while also expanding their reach to other young people with complex needs.
It is estimated that the funding will provide a further 120 young people with intensive case management support, with a total of 301 young persons expected to receive this level of support over the four-year program.
All projects involve a form of intensive wrap-around case management, while also engaging young people through meaningful pro-social activities such as soccer, gym, indoor climbing and martial arts.