As part of our ongoing work in regional communities we have been working alongside communities in Western NSW to build the Regional Innovators Network (RIN). The aim of this network is to become a meeting point and a resource for place-based and community led social innovation. Currently we are working with teams in Dubbo, Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo.
In Dubbo we are working with the Children and Prison Program (CAPP), with their aim to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal young people in the Juvenile Justice System. In Dubbo, 96% of young people detained last year were Aboriginal.
In the past few months, we have been working alongside the CAPP team to meet young people, their families and people in the community to explore what is helping and hindering Aboriginal young people to learn.
Last week, this group of young people together with the CAPP group shared what we have learned in this process: five themes that capture what is helping and hindering Aboriginal young people to learn. And they shared these learnings in front of key people in the community. The same young people that have been identified as the most disengaged and being at risk of ending in the justice system presented the discovery findings to Elders, school principals, police, a magistrate, a university professor, solicitors, educators, FACS workers, and other RIN members from Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo.
They did an amazing job in their presentations and we are looking forward to progress the identified opportunity areas working together with them and the CAPP group.
If you are interested in exploring more about RIN visit the website and contact us if this is something you want to get involved in!