Blue Light Victoria is a successful International and National program which began in Victoria in 1976. It aims to assist the police to rectify the imbalance of proactive and reactive policing where young people are concerned. This is done by providing young people with positive lifestyle alternatives and strategies to avoid becoming an offender or victim of crime. Blue Light Victoria has extensive experience in delivering programs to young people in Victoria.
The BLAST (Blue Light Alternative Strategy for Teenagers) program uses a strengths based model to provide young people with skills to begin to address several risk factors
identified in Silburn’s (2003) Developmental Pathways Model including those of poor problem solving skills, negative thinking patterns, low self-esteem, school and learning difficulties and peer problems. The program is implemented over a 3 day camp and incorporates a mix of structured activities that aim to build resilience, self-confidence, team work and problem solving skills as well as time to relax and participate in activities that allow for natural conversations to evolve around any worries and questions that young people may have.
Many of the risk factors associated with violent and antisocial behaviour among young people are known to be modifiable which means that effective prevention and early intervention can prevent or substantially reduce these behaviours and the personal,
family and social consequences that flow from them.
The BLAST program is undertaken in close partnership with Victoria Police and Community organisations in the participants local area and is generally aimed at improving outcomes for youth at risk.
If you are interested in participating in this program please contact the Blue Light Operations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can also read about one of our past camps here.