The Youth Junction Inc. manage the Visy Cares Hub in Sunshine, Victoria, which offers a diverse and specialised range of youth services to young people aged 12-25 years
The Visy Cares Hub
The Youth Junction was formed in 1999 to design, develop and manage the vibrant Visy Cares Hub (the Hub) in Sunshine. In 2005, the Visy Cares Hub opened its doors to young people and today is the largest not-for-profit, co-located one-stop-shop facility of essential, well networked and appropriate youth services and programs that respond to the needs of disadvantaged young people aged between 12-25 years in Australia.
Collectively, the Visy Cares Hub houses 12 not-for-profit youth organisation and 20 youth specific programs, comprising in excess of 250 multidisciplinary staff who meet the diverse needs of approximately 18,000 young people per year, from across Melbourne’s vast and rapidly growing North-West region.
Our Mission drives everything we do as a youth organisation and it frames our practice and sets the positive culture throughout the co-located model so that collectively we respond with quality, currency and integrity towards the disadvantaged young people we work with. We acknowledge the changing landscape we operate in; the broad youth continuum of 12-25 years that spans across the thirteen years of youth development needs; the rich multi-cultural environment of young people we interact with and the technological advances that continually shape our communication, engagement, promotion, and empowerment of young people, as they strive to reach their potential as healthy and engaged young adults.
TYJ Inc has three primary roles, first, as lead agency within the co-located model ensuring that spaces and services are capable of meeting the broad needs of young people that access the Visy Cares Hub; second, we facilitate a meeting every two months where the not-for-profit leaders collaborate to improve the approaches, interventions and initiatives that respond best to the needs of young people in Melbourne’s North-West and third, to design, develop and sustain youth crime prevention programs that deter and divert young people from at-risk and unhealthful decisions, so that they successfully and positively transition into adulthood.
The Youth Junction recognises the growing need for a service in the northern suburbs of Melbourne that specialises in supporting youth within the justice system to address their risk factors and work towards reducing their chances of reoffending.
In 2017 The Youth Junction Inc. was granted funding from the Department of Justice and Regulation and Premier and Cabinet to trial the Youth Community and Law Program in Broadmeadows. We wasted no time and moved into our new home away from home, Youth Central in December 2017.
In an effort to achieve our goal we are now offering a number of programs from our Broadmeadows site including the Youth Community and Law Program, The Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y) Program, Narrative Therapy – Speak-Ezy program and Countering Anger and Learning Moderation Program.
We started as a humble team of one and have recently expanded to having four Youth Junction Inc. staff in Broadmeadows offering a range of support for our clients. Much like our clients, our journey is still youthful but we are excited to be present in the north and look forward to continuing our work in Broadmeadows.
Youth Community & Law Program (YCLP)
Funded by the Department of Justice and Regulation and Premier and Cabinet, the YCLP is a pre-sentence program for young adults aged 18 to 25 years, who have been referred either by the presiding Magistrates at the Sunshine, Werribee and now Broadmeadows Magistrates courts for additional support and intervention. The program is provided by The Youth Junction Inc. at the Visy Cares Hub in Sunshine and at Youth Central in Broadmeadows. It is designed to help reduce the risk of re-offending by addressing issues that precipitate the young person’s offending behaviour. Due to the program’s case management approach, the trained and experienced staff create a realistic and practical plan collaboratively with the young person.
The program not only provides individual intensive support to each young person, it ensures they are linked into various in-house co-located agencies, along with appropriate external services where required.
Reduced risk of reoffending
The YCLP reduces the risk of re-offending in two ways. First, the program helps young adults to address the root causes of their problems. Second, the program minimises the sentence that individuals receive, keeping many participants out of prison and the negative consequences incarceration produces.
Gives magistrates more latitude in sentencing
Recent legislative changes have affected magistrates’ ability to sentence individuals found guilty in their courts. The YCLP allows individuals to demonstrate tangible outcomes, including engagement with support services, giving magistrates confidence when determining an appropriate sentence.
Responds to the Government priorities principles of government reform
The initiative responds to several Government policies and key areas of government reform:
Intervene early to reduce recidivism rates and the prison population
Better coordinate service provision to Victorian citizens
Provide public servants with the tools they need to do their jobs
By minimising the individual’s interaction with the criminal justice system and incarceration rate, the YCLP offers economic benefits. The program’s immediate benefit is to reduce the average incarceration time of program participants by 20 days. The cost-benefit analysis estimates reduced incarceration costs of $6,700 for each program participant. Further, the program improves the individual’s employment outcomes, increasing the overall economic benefit to approximately $19,000 per person.
Youth Umbrella Project 1800 INTAKE (468253)
The Youth Umbrella Project addresses recidivism and offending behaviour by vulnerable young people between the ages of 12-24 years who have had contact with or have a demonstrated risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system. It is currently funded by the Department of Justice and Regulation under their Youth Crime Prevention Grants initiative that was launched in 2016.
North-West – Youth Learning Pathways Program (NW-YLP)
The NW-YLP is a Department of Education and Training funded project awarded to the north-west consortium of organisations including The Youth Junction, YouthNow, Centre for Multicultural Youth and Melton City Council to address the risk-taking and offending behaviour of young people aged 12-24 years, by implementing protective factors relating to education, employment and training across Melton, Wyndham and Brimbank. This program was launched in July 2018 and will work with at minimum 270 young people across a two year period to June 2020.
Crime Choices and Consequences (CCCP) incorporating P.A.R.T.Y
The Crime, Choices and Consequences Program (CCCP) is a pre-sentence program developed in 2010 for young adults aged 18-25 years who have been referred by the Sunshine and Werribee Magistrates Court to the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth ( P.A.R.T.Y) Intervention Program. The program is provided by The Youth Junction Inc. (TYJinc.) in partnership with the Magistrates Court of Sunshine, Werribee and Broadmeadows, the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), VicPol and the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre (JLTC).
There are three primary components to the CCCP; a pre-PARTY session of presentations to groups of 40 participants by VicPol, TYJinc and JLTC around the consequences of re-offending and life in prison; a full one day workshop at the Royal Melbourne Hospital where participants have the opportunity to meet victims of road traffic offences, engage in presentations by RMH staff where they gain an insight into the functioning of a large trauma hospital in Melbourne; and a post-PARTY session where participants prepare their pre-sentence reports for court, outlining what the impact of the program has been on their attitudes and behaviour. There has been in excess of 2000 young people through the program since its inception
Pre-Accredited programs and Therapy
Countering Anger and Learning Moderation (CALM)
CALM is a 6-12 week Program that focuses on the following areas:
Developing clear understating of personal issues
Developing effective coping strategies
Developing awareness around consequences and impacts of actions on the self and others
Developing positive interpersonal relationships
Developing and understanding the importance of self-care strategies
To be eligible to participate in the CALM Program you must be aged between 16-25 years of age, and be experiencing difficulty managing anger and aggressive behaviors and thoughts.
Regular 1 hour sessions with our experienced anger management facilitator developing personalized anger management strategies to deal with each in individual specific needs.
In the absence of YUP, young people are likely to continue to experience vulnerabilities and a range of disadvantages that place them at significant risk. Many of the young people are disengaged from education, employment and training, exiting Out of Home Care or have recently been discharged from youth detention settings or police custody. Some are children of adults currently serving prison sentences and can also often be the carers of younger siblings or in the case of the older youth, have children of their own.
UpBeat Music Program
The UpBeat music production workshops, facilitated every Saturday between 2pm – 4pm is designed for young people to engage in freestyle, open forum for music and singing. The workshops offer qualified musicians to facilitate teaching young people music instruments, band sessions, recording studio to support recording of songs in any genre, studio sessions to learn how to produce, mix and master instrumental tracks. Live performance opportunities and assistance in booking and organising gigs. This unstructured workshop offers a safe, non-judgmental environment for young people to use music and singing as an outlet. The workshop has a zero tolerance to aggression, alcohol / drugs and reserves the right to restrict access to anyone.
UpSkill Barista Training
The Upskill Barista is a 6-week Pre-accredited training program where we assist young people 16 – 25 years in gaining skills in coffee making the young people how to brewing coffee, steam the milk, foam art, customer service, housekeeping
Chop and Chat Cooking Program
The Chop & Chat Cooking Program was established to assist disadvantaged young people and provide a range of cooking skills and techniques to support independent and healthy living. Young people are given an opportunity to learn about fresh produce and nutritional benefits, how to cook on a small budget and portion to last over a few days.
Need for P’s Driving Program
Need For P’s is a driving program designed to assist disadvantaged young people in gaining their licence. Should a young person require assistance in achieving their learners permit or their probationary licence, and do not have current access to a vehicle, we may be able to assist in providing assistance for testing fees, support in gaining driving hours by offering 5x 45 min lessons via a qualified driving instructor. Positions are limited.
Better Outcomes Project (B.O.P) Soccer
BOP is a well-known unstructured program facilitated every Friday night between 5pm – 8pm at the Victoria University Nicholson Street sports stadium. The soccer program offers young people an opportunity to gather in a safe environment, facilitated by a multi-skilled facilitator and play as many games of soccer; within the time frame. Pizza is provided every week and is a wonderful opportunity for young African males aged 16-28 years to play sport, learn team skills, build positive relationships and gain access to support should they require.
Cut and Shine (C.A.S) Barber Program
CAS is a 10-week pre-accredited program developed as a pathway to becoming a qualified Barber. The structured program offers an introduction into Barbering and the basics
Tushauriane – Let’s talk about it.
‘Tushauriane’ is a Swahili word meaning ‘Let’s talk about it.’ It will be a
providing holistic and
‘Tushauriane’ will also focus on individual sessions with young people exploring the same subjects
conducted in the group sessions and anything else the young person may want to talk about.
Where possible, guest speakers will be invited to facilitate some sessions. The program
will support these young people with a sense of guidance, ownership of their actions, and how they can be role models to younger siblings in their everyday life with a strong focus on:
- Leadership skills (within
familyhousehold to younger siblings)
- Social skills (pro-social
- Promoting a positive attitude
- Encouraging positive values
- Helping young people develop inner strength, confidence towards reaching their goal
OZ Harvest Delivery
11am – 1pm Chop & Chat Cooking workshop
Oz Harvest Delivery
9am – 1pm & 1pm – 5pm Barista Program
5:30pm – 8pm – Better Outcomes Programs (Soccer Program at VU Footscray Nicholson Campus)
** All one-on-one sessions are by appointment only, please contact John on reception for more details on 9091 8200.