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GEELONG KOKODA YOUTH PROGRAM

30 Aug

                                Geelong   Kokoda   Youth   Program   Background
Since 2007 the Moonee Valley Police Service Area has taken part in what is now known as the Victoria
Police Kokoda Program. This was in response to the long-term disengagement of youth residing in the
public housing estates in Flemington and North Melbourne. Many of these young people had adopted
negatives behaviours, started committing offences and had very poor relationships with local police and the
wider community. This was compounded by a lack of positive engagement and direction to guide these
young people in their decision-making.
                                                      Geelong Program
In 2013 Geelong implemented this model into our region to build on the positive outcomes of a number of
proactive policing initiatives that are already operating in Geelong including:
 Operation Newstart Geelong
 Youth Support Service police-only referral system
 The police cautioning program
 High Challenge camps
 Targeted intervention by local police Youth Resource Officers (e.g. cyber-bullying).
The Victoria Police Geelong Kokoda Youth Program gives teenagers who have been involved with
Operation Newstart and other local organisations, the opportunity to share a life changing experience
through positive interaction with role models within our local community.By involving local businesses and community groups, it helps everyone understand youth within the community and helps
build a rapport and trust between police, business leaders and young people.
                                             How did we get involved…
Geelong Kokoda Youth Program is funded by our local corporate and community groups.
They have the option to sponsor a young person at a cost of $6,000 or provide a representative
from their business/ group to participate and sponsor a young person at a cost of $12,000. This will cover trekking costs (porters, guides, accommodation, meals), flights from Melbourne to Port Moresby then on to Kokoda, visas, travel insurance, inoculations and equipment.
OCEAN GROVE BARWON HEADS RSL Sub-branch are proud to be part of this amazing youth Program
by each year, sponsoring 1  local young person.
                                          Click on the link to see the video
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