Project 180 is a diversion program established for high-needs young people in the ACT aged 12.5-16 years. The Project 180 combines the following mix: full time (8.30 am - 3.00 pm) engagement based on a mix of skills-based recreational activities, educational programming and/or vocational pathways; intensive case coordination facilitated through regular meetings between Canberra PCYC, ACT Policing, CYPS; links into weekend activities such as team sports and interest groups.
Project 180 is informed by the goals of the Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT 2012-2022, with the focus on improving physical and mental health, education levels, and engagement in employment or other training.
Education and employment pathways are key to reducing the risk of offending and are supported by intensive case management. These areas are prioritised within the Project 180.
Youth offending is reduced.
Young people are diverted from the formal youth justice system.
Young people are helped early and provided with supports and services they need.
Young people and their families receive every possible opportunity to get back on track.
Young people’s protective factors are increased and risk factors are decreased.