The Refugee Court program provides culturally appropriate early intervention services. These services are designed to reduce the likelihood of offending and re-offending by young people from refugee and humanitarian backgrounds. The program provide young first time and repeat offenders with opportunities for rehabilitation, personal growth, educational and skills development thereby enabling them to reject anti-social and criminal behaviour.
The benefits of the Refugee Court Program include but are not limited to the following:
- Positive encouragement to avoid further involvement in criminal or anti social behaviour
- Further development of cognitive ability and emotional literacy
- Engagement in mainstream community life
- Possible referrals and placements in education, training and employment
- Equip the offender to use culturally appropriate tools and resources to reduce likelihood of re-offending
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM
Our youth development and empowerment program is a journey that is underpinned by a holistic and integrated approach to assist young people build their resilience to be a contributing member of the broader community. The program utlilises innovative developmental and peer to peer education models that build on the ability and core strength of the individual young person.
The program, which takes up to 25 young people at any given time, has sixteen structured sessions which are delivered between 2-4 weeks depending on the intensity of the program and the makeup of the group.
Qualified counsellors, social workers and youth workers provide support to young people to build essential skills and competencies and be able to feel safe, cared for, valued, useful, and grounded. The program the family and community to provide them with the supports and opportunities they need along the way. Thus, our youth development is also a process in which family and community actively participate, wherever that is possible.
iEmpower Youth Development and Empowerment Program is offered at multiple locations in Victoria which include: Kensington, Heidelberg, Dandenong, Sunshine, Footscray, Mildura, Sheprton and other regional services.
Where we do not have a physical presence, the program is delivered using the infrastructure of our partner organisations.