Website Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP)

The Centre for Multicultural Youth is looking for passionate and committed volunteers for the Youth Referral & Independent Person Program (YRIPP).


About the role

YRIPP Independent Persons (IPs) are volunteers who support young people at police stations when a parent or guardian is unavailable.

Trained volunteers are added to a 24/7 roster system coordinated by YRIPP staff for police stations across Victoria.


What we are looking for

Volunteers who are open minded, have good communication skills, are able to be assertive, and are willing to learn and receive feedback.

We welcome volunteers from a diverse range of ages and backgrounds.

Please note: Serving police officers, currently practicing lawyers and bail justices cannot become YRIPP volunteers due to a conflict of interest.


The commitment

All volunteers are required to complete approximately 25 hours of initial training.

A minimum commitment of 12 months after successfully completing training is expected.

Availability to be rostered on for 1-2 shifts per week across a 12-hour period (the length of each call-out varies and volunteers are not called up every shift).


What volunteers get out of it

  • The opportunity to be part of a well-renowned volunteer program and to make a difference in the lives of young people in the community.
  • Get to meet other like-minded volunteers.
  • Gain experience and knowledge of Victoria’s legal system.
  • Support from YRIPP staff and ongoing professional development opportunities.
  • Comprehensive training covering a broad range of topics, including: Victoria’s youth justice system; culturally responsive practice; working with young people in police custody; diversion and referral; and much more!


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