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Three young offenders 'clients' from Muswellbrook have recently benefited from an aviation program run by Hunter based charity, LIFT Youth Development Inc. The Learning, Inspiration, Friendship and Trust (LIFT) Program teaches "at-risk" young people foundational life principles, resilience, risk management, decision making and confidence skills through a nine year partnership between Juvenile Justice NSW, LIFT, Singleton Council and the Singleton Youth Venue.
The three clients were hand selected to participate in the program due to their progress and positive engagement with Juvenile Justice supervision. They had a long history of poor school attendance and ongoing behavioural and learning difficulties but throughout the program they had a 100% attendance record and completed all theory sessions and hands on flying activities; where lessons around problem solving, risk taking, self esteem and confidence building were put into action.
Upon completion they were all presented with a certificate to highlight their significant achievements throughout the program with all three indicating the real reward was how this unique experience had helped them to reflect on their past offending and risk taking behaviours. One client enjoyed the program so much that he took the initiative to approach the LIFT pilots afterwards to ask what steps were required for him to become a pilot. One of the pilots kindly offered to tutor and support him to pursue this as a career.