Staying Strong on the Outside: Indigenous Young Adults Final Report


The ‘Staying Strong on the Outside’ project, an initiative of the National Justice Chief Executive Officers Group, sought to identify factors that contribute to positive outcomes for Indigenous young adults aged 18 to 25 years released from custody and to highlight programs and initiatives that offer promise in this area. The project was undertaken in 2008 to 2009 and had three components: a review of research; a practice survey distributed throughout Australia and New Zealand; and a forum attended by more than 80 policy-makers and practitioners from both countries. The practice survey identified 36 programs in Australia or New Zealand that offer re-entry services to Indigenous young adults. Of the 36 programs, only two were aimed exclusively at the 18 – 25 year age group. Nine of the 36 examples had been evaluated and four of the nine evaluation reports were provided. A number of key principles were identified through the three components of the project as important contributors to the successful reintegration of Indigenous young adults.

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