A group of young refugees and Australian teens have just completed a nine week course to learn about how they can interact with their community in safe ways. The Justice Education Program is part of CatholicCare’s services for adolescent refugees, and aims to promote social cohesion in North Geelong.
“We had really valuable input from community partners, who showed such support for the program on the day”, said Clare Barrett from CatholicCare.
The day was opened by Barry Petrovski and Shani Cain from the Centre for Multicultural Youth, who gave the group a chance to consider how their family culture impacts on who they are.
Cyber safety came next, with Leigh Bartlett from the Barwon Adolescent Taskforce talking about how young people can embrace the positives and avoid the negatives of life online.
Also from Barwon Child Youth and Families, Keith Gregory gave a critical talk about alcohol and drugs.
Senior Constable Andy Brittain from Victoria Police shared a wealth of wisdom about considering a career in the Police Force.
Station Captain Geoff Brown and the guys at the Country Fire Authority in Belmont treated the group to an experience of how to deal with fire in the community.
The program culminated in a mock trial at the Geelong Magistrate’s Court. Facilitated by our partners at Barwon Community Legal, Lee Bolton and Gillian Chapman, this gave the students the chance to consider what really happens when you come into contact with the legal system.
Our heartfelt thanks go to the awesome team at the Geelong Magistrate’s Court who support this great program. We are also thankful of the partnership with Northern Grampians Shire Council. Needless to say, we are also very grateful to the wonderful facilitators who helped out. And to those wonderful young people who stayed engaged and committed – THANKS!
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