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Keeping kids out of crime is an early intervention program which aims to alert school students about the dangers of getting involved in criminal activity. The speaker aims to de-glamorise crime, and to make the audience aware of the realities of such a lifestyle. The program is sponsored by the City of Gosnells, Western Australia, and the Office of Crime Prevention and is presented by Outcare.
The primary concept of the Keeping kids out of crime program is 'education through credibility'. The education through credibility concept is built on a former long-term prisoner talking to students in the classroom about the realities of prison. This will be done in a structured manner detailing with topics including:
The sessions are structured to allow the presenter, through his own experiences, highlight to students the decisions students make today might adversely affect their futures. Particular emphasis is placed on the value of education and the limited choices available to those who opt of the system at an early age. Students are also encouraged to build resources for themselves, family, friends, teachers, youth workers so that when they are faced with difficult choices they can then draw on them for help.
During his presentation the speaker covers the following:
The speaker describes his life and the events that had an impact in his life. His presentation demonstrates how a person can transform their lives through hard work, belief in one self and the realisation that we are all equal. The speaker presents a harsh warning to young people of the possible results from offending behaviour.
Abstract adapted from Outcare
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