Sailing program gives purpose to young people

Course participant Kenny has just completed a certificate in sailing at the Darwin Sailing Club.

Sailing program gives purpose to young people

Darwin sailing program gives purpose to young people in contact with courts, juvenile detention

Posted on 03.11.2016

A sailing program in Darwin is trying to help young people who have been in contact with the courts and juvenile detention.

The pilot project is part of a new court-based approach to youth services, which is being trialled by Northern Territory community groups and lawyers.

Kenny, 14, is one of the teenagers who featured in the Four Corners program about youth detention and has just graduated from the sailing course.

“You learn to work together as a team and then learn other things,” he said.

“You’re not sitting in a cell, you’re out here having fun, swimming or sailing.”

Mission Australia program manager Marcelo Alvarez has been supporting Kenny and other young people during the five-week course, run by Darwin Sailing Club instructors.

“We wanted to create a program or an activity where we could engage with young people and give them life skills,” he said.

“We all make mistakes in life and these kids have made mistakes.

“I think a lot of people, a lot of society these days, just give up on young kids and people forget that we were all young once.”

ABC News



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