|Social Welfare||'HARD-CORE' UNEMPLOYED YOUTH REMAIN A CHALLENGE: PRIEST|
"Breaking the cycle of long term youth unemployment remains a challenge for the whole community" said Jesuit Social Services Director, Fr Peter Norden, in preparation for today's opening of a new project to help Melbourne's young people at risk.
While the major youth organisations remain uninvolved in the "work for the dole" schemes, the Youth Grow Garden in inner-city Richmond plans to provide skills training and pathways to employment for some of the most disadvantaged young people in Victoria. The project will engage young people released from prison and dealing with mental health and drug and alcohol issues.
Deputy Director, Bernie Geary, member of the Youth Parole Board and former member of the Premier's Drug Advisory Council believes schemes like "work for the dole" don't succeed with the hard-core, long term unemployed.
"Funding is inadequate to provide the level of supervision required. Instead the Youth Grow Garden has built into it an expectation that involvement will lead to improved skills or job readiness, providing real hope for those in greatest need", he added.
Medianet 11:28am 16/6/99