Support through the day to day
Every day activities support the children to re-engage with more meaningful pursuits, says Nez. “Our program runs from Tuesday to Friday. On Tuesdays we guide them to re-engage in community, in education and employment. We might get bank cards done or get resumes done, if they're interested in finding a job. We’ll help them join any employment programs that are eligible to take them.
“On Wednesdays we address life skills. We work on cooking, health and hygiene and budgeting as well. On Thursdays, we love to add a bit of culture into our program. Everyone enjoys a good fish here in the countryside. And that's our Thursdays.
“Fridays are our fitness days. We're sponsored by the local gym here in Mount Isa to have a fitness session. There's an allocated spot for us to train the kids and lift weights and have fun and just help them regulate their emotions and get rid of any frustration.”
Making constructive changes for the children
Throughout the program Nez says he has seen many children come out the other side, away from offending and back in school or employment. “From committing offenses to being accepted back into school. It's definitely a win for us with the support of their family, of course.”
“This program just goes to show, you can support children through building their skills and building their peer relationships and building their trust with adults to stop that offending cycle.”