The Victorian Government’s Out for Good initiative, launched yesterday, will support vulnerable young people to lead fulfilling lives and to reach their potential, says Jesuit Social Services.

Jesuit Social Services joins Government, private industry and community services partners in the initiative, which will access sustainable employment opportunities for 50 young people who have had contact with the criminal justice system.

“Employment is one of the most important factors in providing sustainable pathways out of the justice system. We can’t expect people to turn their lives around if they don’t have access to education and employment pathways,” says Jesuit Social Services CEO Julie Edwards.

“By connecting major private industry employers, community organisations and Government partners, we can create meaningful and sustainable pathways for young people who are locked out of employment and need support to get their lives back on track.”

The pilot program will support young people aged 17 to 26 who have had previous involvement with the justice system to get a job in the construction industry.

It builds on the Government’s commitment to supporting people experiencing barriers to work for a variety of reasons, besides a possible involvement in the justice system. As a key provider of the Government’s Jobs Victoria programs, Jesuit Social Services has assisted over 600 people into jobs.

Jesuit Social Services is also a member of the Victorian Government’s Crime Prevention Taskforce, Chaired by Minister Carroll, which includes senior leaders from the AFL, Melbourne Storm, Channel 7, Woolworths, National Australia Bank, Lendlease, Trades Hall, the Aboriginal Justice Caucus and Victorian Council of Social Service. The Taskforce will contribute to the design of a Crime Prevention Strategy and help to develop new and innovative programs that address the key factors behind offending.

“We welcome the leadership shown by the Victorian Government to address some of the factors that lead young people to have contact with the justice system, and the Government’s commitment to finding pathways to greater social inclusion.

“It is important that all sections of the community – including business, Government and the community services sector – come together to help to create the safer communities we all want. Leadership and support from all corners of the community is important in creating pathways towards better futures for people in need.”

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