ARMY GIVES TEENS NEW OUT­LOOK

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

TENTE dis­ad­van­taged teenagers have met with Townsville sol­diers and toured Lavarack Bar­racks dur­ing an Army Ex­pe­ri­ence Day to in­spire pos­i­tive change in their lives.

The teens, aged 15- 18, who are re­ceiv­ing as­sis­tance from the Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Ac­tion Group or con­nected to Youth Jus­tice or Child Safety yes­ter­day vis­ited the De­fence Force’s night train­ing fa­cil­ity, and saw the ar­moury of the 3rd Bat­tal­ion, Royal Aus­tralian Reg­i­ment, in­fantry sec­tion and the 2nd Cav­alry Reg­i­ment. They were also in­tro­duced to the work of the Vasey Re­silience Cen­tre.

Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Ac­tion Group govern­ment co- or­di­na­tor In­spec­tor Glenn Doyle said 3rd Brig- ade’s will­ing­ness to host an Army Ex­pe­ri­ence Day demon­strated how dif­fer­ent sec­tors could help cre­ate pos­i­tive fu­tures for chil­dren.

“Many of the teens have never been ex­posed to a work­place, let alone the army which of­fers a huge range of jobs and path­ways,” he said.

“We want these young peo­ple to give greater thought to the pos­si­bil­i­ties out there and take the steps needed to re­alise their po­ten­tial.”

Com­man­der 3rd Brigade Bri­gadier Chris Field said the army was keen to play a part in help­ing vul­ner­a­ble teens reach their own po­ten­tial.

“A life of pur­pose, com­bined with se­cure em­ploy­ment, is cru­cial to break the cy­cle of crime,” he said.

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