To provide young people with the ability, voice
and space to influence those in authority,
using a ‘rights based’ approach.
The overall goal of the Youth Justice programme in South Africa is to reduce the rate of recidivism among YMCA participants to 50%
In 2016/17, the YMCA reduced the rate of recidivism among participants in the programme to less than 10%.
This is being achieved through intense levels of support to offenders while they are in prison;
connecting the offender to family and community;
providing job skills training and psycho/social support on release from Correctional Centres.
Addressing SDG 16
Definition of recidivism: A measurement of the rate at which offenders commit other crimes, either by arrest or conviction baselines, after being released from incarceration.
The current rate of recidivism in South Africa ranges from 70% to 85%