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At-risk youth issues

There are many programs that come and go in the youth field serviing the interests of "at-risk" youth, and this is not a comprehensive listing. It serves to give an overview of the type of program initiatives that have been developed.

CAPER (Child and adolescent psychological and educational resources)
This site is produced by a group of people who have developed a range of educational and psychological resources in relation to 'at-risk' children, adolescents and families. The website focuses on issues to do with stress, violence in schools (bullying) and teacher education. Website:

The Youth Enterprise Trust
This is an independent charitable organisation assisting disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 24 years through a personally challenging and intense program that begins in the wilderness of the Carnarvon Ranges in Central Queensland, then moves to semi-rural South East Queensland for practical follow-up. The program is completed when, using personal and vocational goals which are developed during this intense two-week experience, Graduates receive 12 months of encouragement and support by telephone from a volunteer 'off-sider'. Website:

Footprints to the Future: Youth Pathways Action Plan Taskforce Report
This report looked at ways to improve the support provided to young people during their transition to independence, and to strengthen pathways for young people who do not, or are not likely to, go straight from school to further education and training or full-time employment. Through a series of consultative forums with young people and other interested stakeholders, the Taskforce considered the views of a wide range of young people including those living in urban, rural and remote areas and those who were institutionalised in either care or detention. Recommendations are made on the scope and direction of a Youth Pathways Action Plan to improve outcomes for all young people by strengthening existing pathways, improving early intervention assistance, helping those in crisis situations to quickly move out of them and strengthening families' and the community's capacity to help young people.

Project Hahn
This primary prevention program is no longer operating. It had focused on supporting young people at risk or disadvantaged due to personal circumstances, location or economic conditions. It gave young people opportunities to take part in outdoor recreation activities that encouraged aspects of personal and social development. 

Youth Pathways Action Plan
This taskforce was set up in 1999 by the former Prime Minister, John Howard to provide advice to government on the scope and direction of a youth pathways action plan aimed at: improving support for young people and their families during young people's transition to independence; and strengthening pathways for those young people who do not, or are not likely to, go straight from school to further education and training or full-time employment and those who are not fully engaged with their community. The taskforce included people from non-government organisations working with young people, employers, researchers and representatives from federal and state government departments. See their report, Footprints to the future.

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Meeting the needs of marginalised young men: An analysis of service provision, by Mindy Sotiri
v.27, n.3, pp.39-49.

The bleedin' obvious: Long-term support reconnects at-risk young people, by Alistair Lemmon
Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.1, pp.9-16. (Summary)

Success with Wraparound: A collaborative, individualised, integrated and strength-based model, by Paul Wyles
v.26, n.4, pp.45-53. (Summary)

Students at risk: Interagency collaboration in Queensland, by Bruce Allen Knight, Cecily Knight and Daniel Teghe
v.26, n.2, 2007, pp.50-57.

Students at risk: Can connections make a difference?
Nahid Kabir & Tony Rickards
v.25, n.4, 2006, pp.17-24.

RRISK: A sustainable intersectoral partnership
Jane Elkington, Eric van Beurden, Avigdor Zask, Reyna Dight & Wendy Johnson.
v.25, n.2, 2006, pp.17-24.

The 'Teen Triple P' Positive Parenting Program: A preliminary evaluation
Alan Ralph & Matthew Sanders
v.25, n.2, 2006, pp.41-48.

The Rock and Water program: Empowering youth workers and clients, by Ivan Raymond.
v.24, n.4, 2005, pp.34-39.

Mentoring 2: A program for 'at risk' Indigenous youth, by Glenn Dawes and Christine Dawes.
v.24, n.4, 2005, pp.45-49.

Playing for life: New approaches to researching youth and their music practices, by Geraldine Bloustien and Margaret Peters.
v.22, n.2, 2003, pp.32-39.

Pros and cons of early intervention, by Rob White.
v.21, n.4, 2002, pp.16-23.

The costs and causes of low self-esteem, by Nicholas Emler.
v.21, n.3, 2002, pp.45-48.

At-risk youth. Special focus issue.
v.20, n.4, 2002.

Sex, drugs and drinking: Health risks in the social lives of young workers, by Jo Lindsay.
v.20, n.4, 2001, pp.11-18.

Factors associated with risk-taking behaviour in Western Sydney's young people, by Esther Chang, Kathleen Dixon and Karen Hancock.
v.20, n.4, 2001, pp.20-25.

Providing services to homeless young people in Melbourne, by Shelley Mallett, Doreen Rosenthal and Paul Myers.
v.20, n.4, 2001, pp.26-33.

Disadvantaged and homeless youth on the Gold Coast: A case study of a human services organisation, by M. Hyde, J. Goldman and M. Sinclair.
v.20 n.2, 2001, pp.40-45.

Youth at risk: Why don't they just enrol in a tertiary course or get a job?, by S. Whiteley.
v.20 n.2, 2001, pp.23-28.

Hepatitis C: Special feature issue.
v.19, n.4, 2000.

Identity status and youth recklessness, by G. Bradley and P. Matsukis.
v.19, n.4, 2000, pp.48-53.

Access, retention and participation: A model of best practice, by R. Mapstone.
v.18, n.2, 1999, pp.42-47.

Reducing the risk: Connections that make a difference in the lives of youth, by R. Blum and P. Mann Rinehart.
v.16, n.4, 1997, pp.37-50.

Big hArt: The theatrical side of youth crime prevention, by R. Walters.
v.16, n.4, 1997, pp.22-26.

'At risk' youths and tattoos, by A. Putnins.
v.16, n.2, 1997, pp.13-15.

At-risk youth participation in sport and recreation, by A. Colthart.
v.15, n.4, 1996, pp.31-37.

School students at risk, by C. Chamberlain and D. MacKenzie.
v.15, n.4, 1996, pp.11-18.

Adolescents at risk - drug use and risk behaviour: Queensland and national data, by C. Lennings.
v.15, n.2, 1996, pp.29-36.

Shaftesbury Youth Program: A model for early intervention, by M. Novick.
v.12, n.3, 1993, pp.29-30.

Risks and rewards: Early intervention through a wilderness program, by N. Bowling and M. Williams.
v.12, n.3, 1993, pp.21-24.