Youth Services Programs

 

Mallee District Aboriginal Services is implementing positive and proactive programs aimed at supporting the educational, sporting, cultural and social needs of Koori youth in our communities in Mildura, Swan Hill and Kerang.

However, where young people do need more intensive support, we have in place  a range of initiatives with the aim of helping them to get back on track.

Youth Justice Program

 

The Youth Justice Program seeks to reduce the numbers of Koori people in the community coming into contact with the police and the Juvenile Justice System as a result of criminal activities.

Client referrals can be made by contacting the Youth Justice Workers and arranging a meeting to fill out the client referral forms.  For young people on court orders (supervision, probation, good behaviour bonds, etc) referral can be made by  the Department of Justice or Department of Human Services.

 

Early School Leavers Program

 

The Early School Leavers Program will work with people aged between 10-20 years old, who have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from education and/or employment, and who are at risk of contact with the criminal justice system.

The program also aims at reconnecting young koori youth into educational, training and employment pathways whilst also supporting and encouraging their attendance and achievement levels.

Referrals for this program can be made through schools, parents or self-referral.

 

Koori Youth Night Patrol

The Youth Night Patrol provides an after-hours volunteer transport service to transfer Koori youth at risk from public places to their homes or a safe place. 
The program operates on Friday and Saturday nights.