A Youth Outreach Re-Engagement and Training Centre officially opened in Katherine last week
The new centre is part of the $18.2 million a year overhaul of youth justice in the Northern Territory, which was announced one year ago.
Youth Outreach and Re-Engagement Training Centres are being established across the NT.
The youth engagement space offers a place for youth to connect, relax, tackle homework, participate in social activities and engage with Youth Outreach Re-engagement Officers after school hours.
Located across from Katherine High School, the centre has a team of six operational and support staff who identify and work with young people at risk of entering the Youth Justice system.
The centre also provides support and interventions to meet each individual’s needs in collaboration with local service providers and families.
“Our staff role-model appropriate behaviours and relationships while building a rapport and connection with young people,” senior director of community youth programs Kelly Cooper said.
“It is uplifting and inspiring to see so many young people actively engaged in our youth outreach space.
“Our partnerships with local organisations and government agencies is leading to better outcomes for youth in the Katherine community,” Ms Cooper said.
Youth Outreach Re-Engagement Officers work with at-risk youth, engaging them in positive behaviour through social activities, outreach programs and other early intervention measures.
While, Senior Youth Outreach and Re-engagement Officers provide statutory supervision and case management services for young people on court orders.
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