YMCA Bridge Project provides support, training, and employment opportunities for young people at risk of being trapped in a recurring cycle of crime and imprisonment.
Since 2006, YMCA Bridge Project has helped over 500 young people secure employment and has provided employment and life skills training for a further 3,000 young people.
Currently the rate of recidivism in Victoria is over 50%, but for young people who come through YMCA Bridge Project this drops to just 3%.
We have partnered with over 100 businesses to provide pathways for young people to long-term, sustainable employment and have also provided these same opportunities through our maintenance service, ReBuild.
Proudly supported by Jobs Victoria, we also facilitate the Bridge Employment Support & Training (BEST) program, an accredited Certificate II course which educates young people in custodial centres on essential life skills and job readiness.