What We Offer
The Youth Junction Inc.
Services: Crime Prevention, Social Justice, Education, Employment, generic youth work interventions, Youth Participation and leadership, and General Drop-In & Support through Access, Intake and Referral.
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 12-25yrs.
Young Dads Program
For young males aged between 18 – 25 years to create resilience and strengthen relationships in fatherhood.
Crime Prevention and Youth Safety
Throughout 2009 The Youth Junction Inc. launched its campaign to address and reduce youth offending rates across the Western region. This has resulted in the creation to two targeted justice programs: Youth, Community & Law Program (YCLP) and Crime, Choices & Consequences Program with P.A.R.T.Y Intervention.
YCLP works intensively with young adults involved in the criminal justice system at the point of pre-sentence with the aim of reducing risk factors and causes of offending behaviour (76% non-reoffending rate).
CCCP which includes Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y) provides groups of 30 young people involved in the criminal justice system with the opportunity to attend the Royal Melbourne Hospital where they meet patients, listen to presentations from some of Melbourne’s leading surgeons and emergency service personnel, and actively participate in the trauma related activities within the hospital environment. This program reduces injury and recidivism (86% non-reoffending rate). These programs include an intensive psycho-social assessment so that all needs of the young person can be addressed. Referral for these programs can only be from the Sunshine and Werribee Magistrates Court; however young people can undergo the initial screening interview which will determine if they are appropriate for the program, prior to their court appearance. The flyer and referral form can be found here.
The partnerships and supporting agencies for these two programs include:
Sunshine and Werribee Magistrates Court, The Alfred and The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria Police, National Trauma Research Institute, and P.A.R.T.Y (Prevent Alcohol & Risk-Related Trauma in Youth).
YCLP is funded by Legal Services Board and CCCP is funded by Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) – Department of the Attorney General.
Intake, Access and Referral
As the busiest independent not for profit co-located youth service in Melbourne’s Western Region, we know it is important for young people to be able to access services which comprehensively address their needs and improves their life choices.
The Youth Junction Inc. offers Intake and Referral services for young people seeking professional assistance, advice and intervention from services most relevant to their needs. We adopt a ‘no wrong door’ approach to enable easy access to the services at the Visy Cares Hub by dropping in at our friendly reception, calling our main number (03)9091 8200 or sending us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can download the referral form here.
Free computer access is also available for young people to drop-in and use the internet for job search or receive assistance to write resumes, or engage in social networking.
Better Outcomes Program (BOP)
BOP is an outdoor soccer for young males aged 16 – 25 years involved in the justice system.
Fix the Cycle
Fix the Cycle accepts donated cycles so that young people can learn cycle mechanics and safety skills to on-donate the bikes with helmets and locks to disadvantaged young people. In 2009 The Youth Junction Inc. launched its campaign ‘Getting Rid of Youth Crime’ across Melbourne’s Western Region along with the Magistrates Court, Victoria Police and the not for profit services established to address the root causes of disadvantage.