U-Turn Graduation - 21 June 2012
Thursday, 21 June 2012 - 12:17pm
A group of young people will today (21 June 2012) graduate from a unique program designed to provide them with practical skills and help divert them from crime.
The U-Turn program is a 10 week course for people aged 15 – 20 who have been identified as at risk of becoming involved in motor vehicle theft. They are able to use their enthusiasm for cars to learn new skills including hands-on mechanics, spray painting and car body work.
The end result is a restored vehicle which the graduates present to someone who has been the victim of motor vehicle stealing.
“The participants not only gain new skills, they gain the satisfaction of finishing a worthwhile project and handing the restored car to someone whose life has been impacted on by crime,” said Acting Assistant Commissioner Steve Bonde.
“In addition to the practical skills, the participants also receive tutoring in literacy, numeracy, life skills and personal development.”
The recipient of the restored vehicle is Jarrad Ikin. Over the past 18 months Mr Ikin’s car was first badly damaged when a drunk driver crashed into it – and not long after the car was repaired, it was stolen. While the car was recovered, it was beyond repair.
“The U-Turn participants have worked closely together and their efforts have made a positive difference to Mr Ikin’s life, and I congratulate them on their graduation,” said Mr Bonde.
“The outcomes from this program are significant for both the participants and the community.”