A new Indigenous-led youth safety program is keeping the streets of Alice Springs safer and helping young people get their lives back on track.
'Looking After the Kids - Walking Together with Young People', will support seven youth outreach workers to engage with young people frequenting the streets late at night.
The youth drop-in centres at Gap Youth and Community Centre and Tangentyere Council Brown Street will now operate seven days a week.
And school engagement officers have been employed to work with young people who have been identified as being disengaged from school.
Earlier in the year, it was revealed the government will also pay private security firms to patrol the Alice Springs CBD during the night.
The NT Government said the program is about breaking the cycle of crime.
"The Territory Labor Government is listening to Centralians who have had enough of crime, youth crime, and anti-social behaviour," Minister for Territory Families, Dale Wakefield said.
"The new Aboriginal-led youth outreach service will make a positive difference in the lives of at-risk young people, so they can turn their lives around and get back on the right track."
The service will be drawing on the cultural authority of the Tangentyere Women's Safety Group and the Men's Four Corners Group - two groups that are already doing life-changing work with at-risk young people.
"All seven Breaking the Cycle initiatives are now in place which also includes new Youth Engagement Night Officers, more mobile CCTV cameras, expanding the hours at the youth drop-in centres and night patrol, and compliance officers to ensure that young people attend school and are not on the streets. These initiatives will keep Alice Springs safer."
Walter Shaw, Tangentyere CEO, said the program recognises the role of parents, families and their communities in the lives of at-risk young people.
And will work closely with them to drive long-term change.
"The Tangentyere Men's Four Corners and Women's Family Safety Groups have wanted to see programs implemented that drive sustainable positive change and provide support for vulnerable young people in our town," Mr Shaw said.
"The aim of the program is to ensure that is that is culturally safe, can be embedded in community and will ultimately contribute to long term sustainable change for young people and their families."
He said the program workers will engage with stakeholders and community members to promote the program, ensuring it is culturally appropriate and accepted by individuals, families and communities across the Alice Springs region.
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