The below outcomes will ensure offenders are motivated and have sufficient skills and knowledge to make a positive difference in their lives for the better and break the ‘cycle of re-offending’, rather than returning to a life of crime. This will lead to reduced re-offending, fewer victims and therefore improved social well-being in their communities;
- Offenders will leave the Life101 programmes motivated to make a positive change in their lives, become productive members of society, all because they will have opportunities available to them that they may not have once realised.
- Offenders will set goals, both financial and life goals, which will keep them focussed while integrating into society and becoming productive members of society.
- Offenders will have confidence and self-confidence to be able to reach the goals they’ve set for themselves.
- Offenders will be provided basic life skills that will benefit them and their families throughout their lives; skills that they will be able to pass on to their friends, family and children which will lead to lasting change.
- Offenders will be provided financial skills so they’re able to take charge of their financial futures and be proud of what they can achieve, both for themselves and their families.
Public safety will be improved by the reduction in re-offending through motivation and skills learnt/received in the Life101 programmes, as are outlined above.
At Life101 we feel if a past offender is motivated and has opportunities available to them there will be significantly reduced reasons for them to go back to a life of crime and re-offending. This all leads to a safer community and a more educated and inspired community as the basic skills learnt in the Life101 programmes are handed down through family and Whanau generations (ie. how to save money, get a job etc).
If offenders are motivated to make a difference in their lives after they’ve been provided with the necessary hard and soft-skills from the Life101 programmes, they will become more productive members of society. This will lead to them providing ‘value’ to the community and economy through employment and endeavours they’d like to pursue (ie. educating and inspiring people in their community, working with at-risk youth, starting a business etc).
Once offenders have completed their community work or probation hours they will create a positive change and become productive members of society. They’ll no longer be a financial burden on New Zealand’s justice system which has ongoing financial and social benefits for the country as well as individual communities.