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Youth Justice Education and Training recognised for crime prevention outcomes in the Moreton Bay Region

Media release

23 November 2016

Lutheran Community Care’s Youth Justice Education and Training (YJET) project today received a bronze award in the community-led category of the 2016 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

The ACVPAs recognise good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

“The YJET program is primarily an alternative education program which produces crime prevention outcomes as a by-product,” said Intercept’s Team Leader of Education, Training and Development, Lewis Kwarcianyi.

“YJET is a successful partnership between Lutheran Community Care - Intercept Youth and Family Service (Intercept), as lead agency; Caboolture Youth Justice Centre; Charters Towers School of Distance Education; and three local state high schools in the Moreton Bay Region in Queensland.

“We offer an alternative learning environment for young people aged 14–17 years to complete various literacy and numeracy qualifications; the program has approximately 15–20 young people attending each day.

“YJET enables young people from the Moreton Bay Region to complete their school work and learn valuable social and life skills that will prepare them to become contributing citizens to their local community,” Mr. Kwarcianyi said.

“It is well documented in research and academic literature that education has a direct correlation with criminal behaviour and offending. Therefore, it is vital to engage at-risk young people in educational programs to decrease their likelihood of offending and increase their aspirations for a positive future.

“Winning an ACVPA for this project is an important step in getting YJET’s collaborative model recognised as a vitally important education and crime prevention program that has benefits for the whole community in the Moreton Bay region,” Mr. Kwarcianyi said.

This year, the ACVPA celebrates its 25th year of rewarding outstanding community-based crime and violence prevention projects

“Youth Justice Education and Training is a vital education and crime prevention program to divert troubled young people away from potential offending by providing an alternative education pathway,” said acting Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Chris Dawson APM.

The projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service and is chaired by the AIC Director.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council.

For more information about the award winners, visit www.aic.gov.au/acvpa

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