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The bleedin’ obvious: Long-term support reconnects at-risk young people

by Alistair Lemmon

Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.1, pp.9-16.


Twenty young people with a history of incarceration, substance abuse and disconnection provided Whitelion with insight into ‘what worked’ in changing their at-risk behaviours. The answer was obvious – state support beyond 18 years of age, perhaps until the mid-twenties. These young people require specialised intervention, and help accessing community structures, particularly jobs, which would ordinarily be out of reach. One program recommended as a viable model for Australian community organisations wanting to reconnect young people is the rigorously evaluated Job Corps program (USA), which integrates accommodation, long-term support and employability training programs.

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