National Volunteer Week 2016: John Lorenzini

May 8, 2016

This National Volunteer Week, CMY would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of all our volunteers across Victoria. Volunteers have supported young people in particularly vulnerable circumstances through the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program, and facilitated the social inclusion of newly arrived young people through the Ucan2 program.

A big thank you to all our volunteers. Your support is invaluable.

As part of National Volunteer Week, CMY is highlighting the stories of some of these exceptional volunteers.

 

John Lorenzini, YRIPP Volunteer

 

I’ve been a volunteer with YRIPP for the past six months.

I’ve also been a volunteer for the Commission for Children and Young People for the last three years where I visit young people at Parkville and Malmsbury Youth detention centres.

My passion for youth justice was strongly influenced through knowing Bernie Geary, the former Commissioner for Children.

Volunteering with YRIPP has enabled me to be involved in another side of the system.

I enjoy the range of people I deal with when I go to a police station for a YRIPP call-out and I enjoy trying to help a young person get a fair outcome.

I find it very satisfying to be involved with young people that, in the main, have not had the opportunities that most young people take for granted.

Young people are a function of their circumstances and most of the people I work with haven’t had the opportunities that should be a basic entitlement.

Many of the young people in the youth justice system fall into this category and many have been let down by adults.

Hopefully giving young people even a little bit of time and attention helps them through their troubles.

Outside of volunteering, I work in the packaging industry and I’m also a dad and grandparent.

My advice to people wanting to volunteer with young people is to be open-minded and non-judgemental. Be a good listener.

 

Please click here if you would like to volunteer with YRIPP