These models and simulations have been tagged “Youth-Engagement”.
The effects of youth engagement in the town of Burke
This model simulates the
effects of youth alienation, risk behaviours (unemployment and drug and alcohol
abuse), community engagement expenditure and police expenditure on youth
engagement in the town of Bourke,
Youth population 15-24 years old.
At risk behaviours may include
illegal activity, isolation and impulsive and self-destructive behaviour.
Youth population in the town
of Burke is 1000
80% of socially disengaged
youth will become alienated.
50% of alienated youth will
commit a crime.
70% of alienated youth who
commit a crime will be arrested.
20% of youth arrested will be
convicted and sent to youth detention
60% of youth arrested and not
convicted will return to their former life of social disengagement.
20% of youth arrested will not
be convicted and be rehabilitated
Unemployment, drugs and alcohol abuse: this variable can be adjusted to show the
impact a high rate of unemployment, drugs and alcohol abuse has on youth
alienation leading to illegal activity (committing a crime). The variable can
also be reduced to show how a decrease in unemployment, drugs and alcohol abuse
can reduce illegal activity.
Police Expenditure: this
variable can be adjusted to show the impact of youth being arrested and going
to youth detention and potentially being rehabilitated.
Community Engagement Expenditure: this variable can be adjusted to show the impact of having community
engagement expenditure to create positive behaviour changes in alienated youth.
Positive behavioural changes decrease when this variable is reduced.
When the sliders are set to a
moderate range (unemployment, drugs and alcohol abuse – 18, police expenditure –
12, community engagement expenditure – 25), relationships between variables and
stocks are apparent. The increase of unemployment, drugs and alcohol abuse show
an increase in alienation, crime and youth detention. When police expenditure is
increased, despite there being an increase in arrests and individuals in youth
detention, there is an increase in youth rehabilitation in the town, which
prompts positive behavioural changes. When community engagement expenditure is
increased there is the increase of community programs which leads to positive
behavioural changes after rehabilitation.
This model shows the interdependent relationship between Disengaged
Youth, Crime Rates and Police Detecting within the youth population of Bourke, NSW.
This model assumes that total youth population of Bourke is 1,000 people.
Detected by Police – can
be adjusted upwards or downwards to simulate the effect on engagement and crime