JumpStart has received a bronze award in the community-led category of the 2022 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPAs).
Now in their 30th year, the ACVPAs recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia. They play a vital role in highlighting effective community-based initiatives to prevent crime and violence, before it actually occurs.
Facilitated by Green Fox Training Studio – Australia’s first not-for-profit creative training facility – JumpStart provides accessible education and employment for people who are incarcerated, and at-risk people.
“In doing so, we contributed to making our communities safer, more connected and more inclusive.” Managing Director at Green Fox Training Studio Amanda Shepherd said.
“It is our goal to see this happen through providing meaningful employment, demonstrating the effectiveness of positive role-modelling and mentoring to those facing prolonged disadvantage and institutionalisation, and creating a worldwide network of creative professionals who are ready and prepared for work upon release.”
“This unique training program, which is entirely self-funded, has demonstrated an impressive reduction in its recidivism rate, and has shown to give its participants hope for the future,” said Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Deputy Director, Dr Rick Brown.
These annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.
The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments and are delivered by the AIC. All projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service, and is chaired by the AIC Director.