STREAT’s Main Course program today received a bronze award in the community-led category of the 2019 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).
The ACVPA recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia and play a vital role in highlighting effective community-based initiatives to prevent crime and violence.
STREAT is a social enterprise working directly with Victoria’s most marginalised young people—16 to 24-year-olds who need a hand to find and retain work, including those who have contact with the justice system.
STREAT co-founder and Manager of Youth Programs, Dr Kate Barrelle said since its inception, the Main Course program has helped hundreds of vulnerable young people, providing tens of thousands of hours of training and support.
“Winning an ACVPA provides valuable credibility and profile for STREAT in relation to our work with at-risk young people,” said Dr Barrelle.
“It is a prestigious award we are proud to receive on behalf of the young people we work with.”
The annual ACVPA recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.
“STREAT’s successful program has had a positive impact on marginalised young people and has shown substantial cost savings to government by reducing their impact on government services and support,” said Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Michael Phelan APM.
All projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service, and 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 Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management.
For more information about the award winners, visit www.aic.gov.au/acvpa