When kids get into trouble with the law, some of them get let off lightly, but some don't. What happens to the ones that end up in detention centres or prison? The ones who were abused or taken away from their families? How can they turn their lives around when they feel abandoned by society?
In the forthcoming book, Doin' Time, author and general manager of Whitelion, Rachel Porter, shares the personal stories of nine Australian men from troubled backgrounds who got offered a second chance - and grabbed it. Facing up to their past, they've overcome the odds to become valued members of the community, with many of them now working with vulnerable young people as mentors, welfare officers, motivational speakers and community leaders.
Doin' Time also includes first person accounts of what it's really like to work with troubled youths, as an Assistant Police Commissioner, former Child Safety Commissioner Psychologist, Lawyer, and Outreach Worker analyse the impact drugs and abuse have had on the lives of children and discuss the programs that are working to make them healthy and reconnected to the community.
Doin' Time is an important and powerful read that shows why we should always give people a second chance.
Rachel Porter is General Manager of Whitelion, a charity supporting thousands of vulnerable young people across Australia. Rachel is an Australia Day Ambassador, and is on Melbourne Lord Mayor's Awards board. She has been involved in the NFP sector for over 20 years, working with various causes for the health and wellbeing of women and children, including World Reconciliation Day events with the Late Nelson Mandela.
Author: Rachel Porter