Is YMCA ReBuild a business or a charity?
While YMCA ReBuild aims to make a positive social impact in the community through hiring, coaching and mentoring disadvantaged youth, principally ex-offenders, it operates as a commercial entity in its own right. Our pricing is competitive, we are safety compliant and our standards are high. In short, the company is used as the vehicle for us to change the lives of as many young people as possible.
Is YMCA ReBuild health and safety compliant?
Yes. YMCA ReBuild ensures it meets all health & safety requirements and is able to provide any documentation to support this upon request.
What steps does YMCA ReBuild take to ensure its employees will not harm its customers?
YMCA ReBuild rigorously screens all of its potential employees and takes a high-level approach to ongoing supervision at all jobs to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Through ongoing mentoring and coaching, YMCA ReBuild actively promotes its key values of trust, loyalty, and respect.
Have any of your employees ever committed a crime against a customer?
Would YMCA ReBuild be able to help meet social procurement goals at my business?
Yes. YMCA ReBuild is able to meet a growing demand for social procurement among businesses by providing a wide variety of facilities maintenance services including, but not limited to, landscaping, painting and general maintenance.
How many young people has YMCA ReBuild helped through employment?
Since its inception in 2010, over 200 young people have worked with YMCA ReBuild.
How long will each young person work with YMCA ReBuild for?
Each young person is generally employed at YMCA ReBuild for 6-12 months, however the tenure of each person is determined by their individual needs and readiness to move on.
Does YMCA ReBuild assist young people with finding long-term employment?
YMCA ReBuild is able to assist with young people’s transition into long-term employment through its parent program YMCA Bridge Project. YMCA Bridge Project has partnered with over 100 businesses, many of which are committed to employing young people who have previously worked with YMCA ReBuild.
What impact does YMCA ReBuild have on the wider community?
In Victoria today, there are over 1000 young people on community-based orders and a further 200 in custody. Almost half of these young people were unemployed before being imprisoned. Alongside its parent program YMCA Bridge Project, YMCA ReBuild can;
- Drastically reduce the rate of reoffending in young people from over 50% to just 3%.
- Save the Victorian government $1.5 million per year by reducing the rate of reoffending and keeping young people out of prison
- Offer a second chance at life for young people genuinely remorseful of the crimes they have committed
Are there other ways our organisation can support YMCA ReBuild?
Beyond hiring our services, there are plenty of either ways you can support us:
- Hire a young person after their time at YMCA ReBuild is complete
- Make a donation either financially or of any equipment or supplies e.g. power tools, landscaping equipment, paint, fuel, etc.
- Spread the word! Tell other businesses about what we do. The more work we can secure, the more lives of young people we are able to change for the better by offering employment opportunities, and a chance to learn new skills
YMCA Rebuild Shop:
Run exclusively out of Ravenhall Correctional Centre, YMCA ReBuild’s Maintenance Skills Training Program provides participants the opportunity to learn and develop a wide range of basic maintenance and handyman skills.
With a strong focus on health and safety, participants will learn to use a range of hand and power tools and apply these skills to various maintenance tasks and techniques throughout the duration of the program.
Participants also learn and develop effective personal workplace skills and practices that will enable them to secure future employment, demonstrate the qualities to successfully maintain employment and create more personal and professional career opportunities and advances.
The program is delivered by YMCA ReBuild facilitators possessing expert skills and knowledge in regard to facility maintenance services and personal standards. Their aims will be to instill life-long skills and knowledge, while building rapport, respect and positive relationships within the participant group to create a positive and supportive program atmosphere and learning experience.