11th May 2022
Early Intervention Program to boost employment prospects
A further early intervention programs for at-risk youth will be delivered under a re-elected Coalition Government, Federal Herbert MP Phillip Thompson has committed.
Mr Thompson said Queensland Youth Connections would receive $904,000 to run its Get Connected program.
“If we can connect with at-risk youth at an early stage and give them a positive influence and education, we’ll have a better chance of them getting jobs and contributing to the community,” Mr Thompson said.
“This project will certainly do that, giving them real-life skills to build a successful future for themselves.”
The Get Connected program would establish a community hub, targeting 108 youth between the ages of 12-24, to provide weekly mentoring, a positive social environment and training to write resumes and get a job.
Managing Director Natasha Lane said Queensland Youth Connections operated under the mindset that every young person deserved to have someone believe in them.
“The Get Connected Program is an innovative project that provides a holistic support approach to individuals, families and community,” Ms Lane said
“This will greatly benefit the wider community, through providing connections and collaborations with young people and the local business community.
“Queensland Youth Connections is changing the narrative for young people.”
Mr Thompson said the program would build on previously-announced early intervention programs funded by the Federal Government.
“We’re already delivering a mechanics, carpentry and on-country program, as well as a youth hub to get young people off the streets.
“We won’t stop pushing for legislation change at the State Government level to introduce tougher penalties and proper deterrents for crime.
“Meanwhile Labor’s Herbert candidate refuses to acknowledge Townsville’s crime as an issue or offer any solutions. I once again call on the candidate to outline how he intends to address the issue which concerns our community the most.”