Lap­top’s sec­ond lease on life will keep kids off streets

The Western Star - - News -

IN AN at­tempt to en­cour­age young peo­ple in the com­mu­nity there’s more to life than street crime, Tony Collins and his team have launched a lo­cal branch of Catholic Care’s YouthBail pro­gram.

“We deal with kids from age 10-18 who have been through the court sys­tem and have been re­leased with con­di­tions. I’m there to as­sist them and our big­gest fo­cus is them not re­of­fend­ing,” Mr Collins said.

“We’re ba­si­cally teach­ing these kids how to have fun with­out go­ing to jail and rein­te­grat­ing them into so­ci­ety, try­ing to teach them there are other ways of hav­ing fun with­out steal­ing and break­ing in.”

Now MPC Ki­netic and San­tos have teamed up to help keep the kids mo­ti­vated, by do­nat­ing ten lap­tops to the pro­gram.

MPC’s com­mu­nity en­gage­ment man­ager Glenn Pfluger said both com­pa­nies were com­mit­ted to as­sist­ing the com­mu­nity, as they work across the Su­rat Basin.

“The lap­tops were re­pur­posed … we wanted to find a new home for the lap­tops and ap­proached Tony Collins to see if they could be of use,” Mr Pfluger said.

“Both MPC and San­tos are com­mit­ted to help­ing ben­e­fit the com­mu­ni­ties in which we op­er­ate. We are de­lighted to give the lap­tops a new lease on life for such a wor­thy youth or­gan­i­sa­tions in our re­gion.”

While the pro­gram has been go­ing since April, Mr Collins is hop­ing more kids can get on board.

“We’re mak­ing a dif­fer­ence and we’re hav­ing a lot of fun,” he said.

“We’re try­ing to teach these kids you can en­joy your­selves with­out in­ter­rupt­ing other peo­ple and with­out get­ting into trou­ble.”

The lap­tops will be used to help young peo­ple get their white cards in con­struc­tion, com­plete un­fin­ished school­ing, and ap­ply for jobs within the com­mu­nity.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Tony at Catholic Care.

Pic­ture: Ellen Rans­ley

HERE TO HELP: Tal­lis Lan­ders (San­tos), Tony Collins (Catholic Care) and Glenn Pfluger (MPC Ki­netic).

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