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Youth in communities program
The Youth in communities program aims to deliver a comprehensive youth strategy for Indigenous young people in the Northern Territory. The objectives of the strategy are to:
- provide an effective diversion for young Indigenous people from at risk behaviours
- improve life choices and outcomes for young Indigenous people, through engaging them in positive activities that promote pathways to better health and wellbeing, community capacity building and participation in school, work and social networks
- strengthen and improve the services infrastructure, both in the number of youth workers employed and the facilities available for providing youth services and activities.
Funding is provided by the Department of Social Services (formerly FaHCSIA) and will benefit Indigenous youth, 10 to 20 years of age. Participant priorities are young people at risk of:
- using illicit drugs, alcohol, petrol, volatile substances or other substances
- suicide or intentional self harm
- entering or re-entering the criminal justice system.
Organisations are funded under this program until June 2014.
Abstract adapted from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2012)
Final evaluation of youth in communities for the department of families, housing, community services and Indigenous affairs: final report.
Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs