FUNDING to “empower and inspire” Geelong and Colac Koori youth is part of more than $1.5 million in grants announced today (20 July 2017) by the State Government.
Across Victoria 25 projects have been given funding through the Koori Youth Crime Prevention Grants program to empower and re-engage Koori young people through camps, sporting activities, workshops and education.
The project include the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative which will use $36,240 in funding to empower and inspire Koori youth through regular meetings in Geelong and Colac.
The sessions will involve a wide range of guest speakers and focus on cultural connection, education opportunities and local initiatives
The Koori Youth Crime Prevention Grants acknowledge that Koories have disproportionately high rates of disadvantage and are significantly over-represented in the criminal justice system, and support projects that deliver a range of early intervention, prevention and diversion programs.
The grants are funded through the government’s $19.4 million investment in the Community Crime Prevention Program.
A full list of the funded projects can be found at crimeprevention.vic.gov.au
“Koori young people are more than six times more likely to come into contact with police than non-Aboriginal young people, which is why these projects are so important,” Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll said.
“The Koori Youth Crime Prevention Grants recognise the challenges and disproportionately high rates of disadvantage of Koori young people and work with community groups to find solutions.”
“If young people can reconnect with their communities while learning new skills and having fun, it can make a real difference to their lives.”
The state government also today announced Youth Crime Prevention grants state-wide to help local communities, including Geelong, to tackle youth crime and repeat offending by intervening early and diverting young people (10 – 24 years) from crime.
A total of $5.6 million has been provided to eight priority communities with higher crime rates and higher proportions of recidivist young offenders, including Geelong, Ballarat, Casey, Frankston, Greater Dandenong, Hume, Latrobe and Wyndham.
These community-led projects include coaching and mentoring, employment and education opportunities for young people, and are run in partnership with councils, service providers, not-for-profit groups and police.
A full list of the youth crime prevention projects can be found at www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au
Source: State govenrment media releases