Night Hoops reduces Crime proving Youth Engagement Works

Northam’s popular Night Hoops program has finished up for the year, and has had some amazing results, highlighting that Community programs really make a difference and youth engagement works.

The program was said to have reduced Crime in Northam, with Nick Jacobs, WA Police Crime Intervention Officer, telling The Avon Valley & Wheatbelt Advocate that “There were no incidents of a criminal or antisocial nature involving juveniles that occurred while the Night Hoops program was running”

The popular Night Hoops program started in July 2017 for 12 to 18 year olds and was well received by all, managing to attract 557 attendees over the two tournaments, averaging 46 attendees per night.

During the tournaments, workshops about safe-sex, drugs, alcohol and health were also held with free healthy dinners provided.

The program was organised by Northam PCYC, the Northam Shire, WA Police, Wheatbelt Health Network, the Department of Sport and Recreation and Avon Youth.

For more amazing photos, visit the Northam Night Hoops Facebook page.

Photo Credit: Michelle Blackhurst

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