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The Youth Insearch program is a comprehensive, early intervention program of counselling, support, mentoring and empowerment, for at risk young people aged 14-20 years in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Elements of the program include:
The program works by allowing young people to confront and deal with the reality of the pain in their lives. By drawing on the resources of other young people that have experienced the same issues, and addressing the real problem or underlying issue, the young people seek positive alternatives within themselves, turning away from a life of despair and destructive behaviour.
At the end of the program participants are briefed and support networks are established for post program support. Approximately 30% of participants are Aboriginal and receive support from Aboriginal volunteers who understand and value cultural sensitivity.
Abstract adapted from Youth Insearch
Suite 7, 9 Hudson Ave
Castle Hill NSW 2154
PO Box 6570
Baulkham Hills BC NSW 2153
Ph: (02) 9659 6122
Fax: (02) 9659 6133
This report, prepared by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Western Australia, provides the details of 82 evidence-based programs from WA and across Australia. These programs demonstrate best or promising practice and all aim to increase the wellbeing of children and young people. Each program addresses at least one of the eight areas of wellbeing:
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract