YMCA Bridge Project is excited to announce its 10 Year Anniversary Dinner.
Over the past ten years, YMCA Bridge Project has hosted an annual breakfast to raise funds, provide employment opportunities for young people coming out of the judicial system and to celebrate the work done by the project.
This year, to mark this special milestone, the YMCA Bridge Project will be holding a 10 Year Anniversary Dinner at the Melbourne Town Hall. The dinner will take place on Friday 19 August, instead of the usual breakfast, and will celebrate a decade of YMCA Bridge Project helping young people get their lives back on track.
The YMCA Bridge Project provides support, training, and employment opportunities for young people at risk of being stuck in a recurring cycle of crime and imprisonment.
Currently the reoffending rate of young people who leave custody in Victoria is over 50%. However, for young people that take part in YMCA Bridge Project, this drops to just 3%. This reduction has the potential to save the Victorian Government $2.5 million per year. More importantly, it helps these young people move forward with their lives and make a more positive contribution to society.
Since 2006, YMCA Bridge Project has helped:
- 381 young people find meaningful and supportive employment,
- 2,584 young people complete Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways in both custodial centres and the community state-wide,
- 95 young people gain employment with YMCA ReBuild, our social enterprise facility maintenance business.
In the last three years alone, $295,000 has been raised towards the cause.
The annual YMCA Bridge Project breakfasts have been an integral part in providing fundraising and job opportunities for young people in need, as well as being an enjoyable event to attend, with many guests coming back year after year.
Now with the opportunities a night-time event provides, such as a live band and three-course meal, the YMCA Bridge 10 Year Anniversary Dinner promises to be a fun night out.
In the past, the event has featured speakers such as former Premier Dennis Napthine, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, former Deputy Premier Rob Hulls, and YMCA Bridge Project Patron Mick Malthouse.
This year’s 10 Year Anniversary Dinner will be the biggest celebration of YMCA Bridge Project yet.
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