Media Release: Supporting Kororoit’s Young People to Stay Away From Crime

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded $100,000 to the Melton City Council to help young people find pathways away from offending.

Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz today announced Melton City Council would receive funding for the extension of the Youth Crime Prevention Grants program to support young people and provide them with the help they need.

The project aims to address offending and recidivism among young people aged 10 to 24 who have either had contact with, or have demonstrated risk of, being involved with the criminal justice system.

The projects engage with young people through coaching, mentoring, employment and education opportunities to address the underlying causes of offending and steer them away from the justice system. Melton City Council funding builds on its strong community involvement to respond to the needs of its local youth, and provides opportunities for them to be provided with a wraparound service that sets them on the right path.

The funding is part of the state government’s Youth Crime Prevention Grants program, which received $4.4 million in the 2021-22 State Budget to extend projects across Victoria for an additional 12 months.

These community-led projects for young people are run in partnership with councils, service providers, not-for-profit groups and police.

Since 2016 the government has invested over $22 million, providing intensive support to more than 1000 young people. More than 2000 young people have participated in pro-social activities delivered by these projects.

For more information visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/grants/youth-crime-prevention-grants

Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins

“Our Youth Crime Prevention Grants have successfully helped community designed programs support vulnerable young people to keep their lives on track.”

“By supporting young people we’re creating a better future for them, and a safer future for all Victorians”

Quotes attributable to Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz

“The Youth Crime Prevention Grants program will help make sure our local young people get the support they need to stay connected and engaged.”

“Thank you to the staff from Melton City Council for their incredible work over the past four years. I’m proud the Andrews Labor Government is continuing to fund this important project.”

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