“I've learned being involved with the program … just to give everything a go and try [your] hardest, even if you fail, it doesn't matter, there's always another try.”
A connection to community
Jaime, whose been a Youth Specialist with Reboot for almost a year, sees how these relationships and experiences are crucial for enabling young people who have been involved in the justice system to re-integrate into the community.
“At the end … we see a young person who's connected with their community,” says Jaime.
“The most fulfilling thing for me (as a youth worker) is seeing young people succeed … they look back at it and say, I did that and, you know, my life is better because of it.”
The impact of the program starts with the young person, but ripples out to the wider community.
When Tamieka considers the impact of the program on a larger scale, she sees immense opportunities for young people and for the community.
“Decreas[ing] criminal activity, that's the biggest thing … engaging with school … setting up that transition into independence,” says Tamieka.
Support to find their own path
For Alex, these goals have become true milestones in her progress with the program.
“My worker has helped me get back into [school] now, so I'm going three days a week and enjoying that now,” says Alex. “I think that I've changed as a person, in the way that I'm not into the crime anymore. I'm learning to just be a better person. Like go to school, get a job, complete year 12.”
“I definitely think the program's beneficial for young kids. It helps lead them down the right path instead of going back towards the wrong path. So I reckon if I didn't have my worker, I'd probably still be in [a detention centre] right now. So I feel like it's a good thing that I've gotten outta that path and just like, yeah, gone down the right path.”
*Name has been changed to protect their identity.
Photos: Ashton and Peek/Save the Children.