Youth Off The Streets’ Logan Outreach launches program for young offenders

MEDIA RELEASE

March 2015

Youth Off The Streets’ Logan Outreach launches program for young offenders

Youth Off The Streets’ Logan Outreach will be running a program for young offenders starting on Tuesday 3 March. The program is designed to help young people improve their employability and re-integrate them into the community once they are released.

The program is Kicking Goals 2 Transition and focuses on self improvement through a series of workshops and sporting activities. The program will help young people transition from juvenile detention back into the community through setting goals and working on personal growth.

The program is run over the course of eight weeks and will help young people: develop life skills; increase their health and fitness; build team work; and their employability skills.

Father Chris Riley, CEO and Founder at Youth Off The Streets, says offering support to young offenders is essential if they are to become productive members of the community.

“The Kicking Goals 2 Transition program is going to give these young people the ability to develop healthy relationships, it will get them work ready and it will improve their fitness. These benefits will lead to a better quality of life. Through this program, the young people will be given the keys to unlock their full potential.”

“At Youth Off The Streets, our main goal is to ensure that young people leave our care with the ability to live independently. This program will give some of the most disadvantaged young people the ability to become employed, earn a wage and secure independent living arrangements,” he says.

Kicking Goals 2 Transition will run for four hours every Tuesday and contains two sessions. The first session involves developing life skills including working on a resume, setting life goals, job interview preparation and how to look for jobs. The second session will be a physical activity – the young people will learn how to play the game of soccer, increasing their health and fitness.

Youth Off The Streets believes that being unemployed during the formative years (between the age of 15 and 24 years) will increase the chance of being unemployed later in life. Youth Off The Streets equips young people with the experience and skills necessary to enter the workforce, allowing them to reach their full potential.

Father Riley is available for interview.
For any media requests, please contact:
Youth Off The Streets:
Daniel O’Keeffe
Email: DanielO@youthoffthestreets.com.au
Phone: 02 9330 3543 / 0418 271 580

Youth Off The Streets Mission:

Helping young people to discover greatness within, by engaging, supporting and providing opportunities to encourage and facilitate positive life choices.

About Youth Off The Streets:

Youth Off The Streets is a community organisation working for young people who are homeless, drug dependent and recovering from abuse. We support these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense personal traumas such as neglect and physical, psychological and emotional abuse. Since opening in 1991, Youth Off The Streets has grown from a single food van delivering meals to young homeless people on the streets of Kings Cross to a major youth specific agency providing a wide range of services offering a full continuum of care. It is our goal that these young people will leave our care drug free, with a high school education, living skills and a full or part time job in hand.

 

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