Statewide youth strategy is requiring support from locals

PCYC Young youth case managers Senior Constables Brendan Clark and Karen Clark with PCYC manager Andrea Cass and activity officer Mikalah Duffy.
PCYC Young youth case managers Senior Constables Brendan Clark and Karen Clark with PCYC manager Andrea Cass and activity officer Mikalah Duffy.

NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller is encouraging local businesses to join forces with police to help at-risk youth engage with the community.

Commissioner Fuller launched an ambitious youth strategy recently, requiring the support of local businesses to help give young people assistance in securing their first job.

The strategy, called RISEUP, is a statewide initiative that connects disengaged youth to workplace opportunities incorporating job-ready programs, mentoring and vocational training for at-risk youth aged between 15 and 18 to build their engagement with education, employment opportunities and the community.

The program operates statewide in partnership with local PCYCs and encompass a range of strategies including early intervention, developmental crime prevention, positive relationships, support networking, functional numeracy, literacy, nutrition and behavioural workshops.

Participants are supported by police youth case managers and PCYC youth workers.

Businesses can register their interest or find out more information at www.riseup.org.au