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.
The Visy Cares Hub
The Youth Junction Incorporated (TYJ Inc) 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
Our Mission drives everything we do as a youth
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
The Youth Junction Inc.
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 reoffending by addressing issues that precipitate the young person’s offending
The program not only provides individual intensive support to each young person,
o Reduced risk of reoffending
The YCLP reduces the risk of reoffending in two ways. First, the program helps young adults to address the root causes of their problems. Second, the program
o 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.
o 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
o Economic benefit
Please find a referral form here.
Youth Umbrella Project 1800 INTAKE (468253)
The Youth Umbrella Project addresses recidivism and offending
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
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 reoffending 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
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
The Speak-Ezy Program
The Speak-Ezy program at The Youth Junction Inc. is about young people having some time and space to talk about the stories of their lives. Sometimes this is prompted by needing to look at
A narrative approach to
It views problems as separate from people. (The problem is the problem. The person is the person.) This approach highlights the effects of problems on a person’s work, family life, identity, and hopes for the future and relationships. It encourages taking action to counter these effects.
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-judgemental 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.
The UPskill Barista Training
The Upskill Barista is a 6-week Pre – accredited training program where we assist young people 16 – 25 years old in gaining skills in coffee making the young people how to brewing coffee, steam the milk, foam art, customer service, housekeeping
The 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.
The 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
BOP is a well-known unstructured program facilitated every Friday night between 6pm – 8pm at the Victoria University Footscray 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.
CAS Pre-Accredited 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
12pm – 4pm Speak-EZY (Narrative Therapy one-on-one sessions)
11am – 1pm – Chop & Chat Cooking workshop
Oz Harvest Delivery
12pm – 4pm Tushauriane!
Pro-social relationships and behaviour one-on-one sessions
1pm – 4pm Centrelink Support Specialist
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.