Youth Referral and Independent Persons Program
CMY manages the Youth Referral and Independent Persons Program (YRIPP), a 24-hour accessible statewide network of staff and volunteers whose primary aim is to safeguard the rights of young people in police custody while offering support to divert them away from the criminal justice system.
The strength of this work lies in our ability to harness community resources to respond effectively to the needs of vulnerable young people. Over 500 volunteers are highly trained and uniquely placed as Independent Persons, to assist with the increasing complexities and fast-paced changes of modern policing practices.
Our volunteers refer young people to relevant support services or provide them with information for self-referral, and support them to access legal advice. With the valuable contribution of volunteers, our work continues to build and strengthen bonds between young people and communities to make Victoria safer.
Early intervention & crime prevention
CMY delivers a number of early intervention crime prevention programs, focused on disengaged young people.
We seek to re-engage those who are involved in or at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system, in meaningful outcomes in education, employment and training. We deliver case management support to young people who have been involved in high impact crime.
Our work in the youth justice space aims to reduce the rate, severity and frequency of offending, enable young people to make an effective transition to adulthood, and develop young people’s capacity to participate fully in society.
Change It Up
Empower Youth Project works closely with South Sudanese young people aged 12 – 24 and their families, adopting an early intervention approach and typically assisting families to access services and options including school support, assistance with Centrelink, migration matters, and advocacy with services. Contact our North West Program Manager for more info.
Handshake works with young people, and their families, from African or Pasifika backgrounds who are engaging in risk-taking and dangerous behaviour. The program’s focus is to support young people to develop a strengths-based plan towards achieving a greater sense of belonging to their community, stronger cultural pride and increased problem-solving skills. Contact our North West Program Manager for more info.
Youth Learning Pathways
Youth Learning Pathways assists young people who are involved in, or are at risk of becoming involved in, the criminal justice system to achieve meaningful outcomes in education, employment and training. Contact our North West Program Manager for more info.