An innovative youth crime prevention program is helping disadvantaged young people from falling through the cracks in Brimbank.

The Youth Umbrella Project aims to connect young people with education and employment opportunities to create pathways to help deter them from offending, or having further contact with the justice system.

Supported with $200,000 Youth Crime Prevention Grants funding through the Community Crime Prevention Program, the Youth Umbrella Project is being led in Brimbank by local not-for-profit organisation The Youth Junction.

Over two years, 120 young people between 12 and 24 years who are most at risk of being involved with the criminal justice system will participate in the project.

Each young person will receive tailored support through case management and a straightforward referral process designed to engage them with the local workforce and school. This approach will lead to improved employment, training and education prospects, and decrease in the number of young people reappearing before the police and courts.

Through the targeted referral system, participants will also take part in a diverse range of innovative programs and upskilling activities including face-to-face legal counselling and education, living skills, barista and hospitality training, respectful relationships, indoor football, and after-school homework.

The project is already proving to have a positive impact on the lives of young people since launching last year. Edmund, a participant of the project, says the encouragement and support he’s received has helped him on his way to securing a carpentry apprenticeship.

To hear Edmund’s story and about the Youth Umbrella Project, watch this short video.

The $10 million Youth Crime Prevention Grants program has supported 43 community-led projects addressing the underlying causes of youth crime and recidivism for young people aged between 10 and 24.

Find out more about the Youth Crime Prevention Grants. (External link)