Youth Off The Streets National Scholarship Program seeks applicants

February 5, 2015

February 2015

Youth Off The Streets National Scholarship Program seeks applicants

Applications for Youth Off The Streets coveted National Scholarship Program opens on 2 February. The program offers a chance for disadvantaged young people to achieve their dreams.

Nominations for the annual National Scholarship Program is open to young people across Australia and will close at 5pm on 3 April 2015.

The initiative was developed by Father Chris Riley, and celebrates the talents and strengths of young people from the Australian community who exhibit extraordinary promise but who lack the personal support networks and resources that will allow them to fulfil their potential.

Since the programs beginnings, the organisation has supported over 217 talented young people from all over Australia to reach their educational and development goals.

Father Riley’s vision of the National Scholarship Program is to bring together combined resources, encourage corporate social responsibility and engage the community to take responsibility for young people who have become disconnected or are at risk of becoming marginalised.

“There are so many talented young people that get left behind by our educational system every year and become further marginalised from the community. The National Scholarship Program is all about providing the support young people need to achieve their full potential”, Father Riley said.

Thanks to the support from individuals and organisations, the National Scholarship Program provides both financial and personal support for young people to realise their educational goals in any field, including (but not limited to): academic abilities, visual or performing arts, sports, trade skills and music.

Over 20 young people from throughout Australia will be awarded a scholarship this year, including the financial support of $6,000 that will go towards resources to help them further their education or training in their area of interest.

Along with financial assistance, Youth Off The Streets will match each scholarship recipient with a mentor for the duration of their scholarship, who will provide support and guidance to help them to achieve the goals set out in their pathway plan.

Throughout the duration of the scholarship there is dedicated staff support available. The Manager provides ongoing support and guidance to each scholarship recipient while a Youth Worker is also available to assist recipients with personal issues such as budgeting expenses, housing, employment, healthcare, counselling and other service referrals.

Nominations must be made by the young person themselves, however assistance in completing the nomination is encouraged. To lodge a nomination visit the Youth Off The Streets website at to download a nomination form.

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on 3 April 2015.

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Father Riley is available for interview.
For any media requests, please contact:
Youth Off The Streets:
Daniel O’Keeffe
Phone: 02 9330 3543 / 0418 271 580

The Youth Off The Streets National Scholarship Program would not be possible without the generous support of business and community members. Each scholarship is sponsored by a different company, individual or organisation and the award is presented in the name of the sponsor. For sponsorship details please contact the National Scholarship Program Staff on (02) 9330 3500 or

Youth Off The Streets Mission:

Helping young people to discover greatness within, by engaging, supporting and providing opportunities to encourage and facilitate positive life choices.

About Youth Off The Streets:

Youth Off The Streets is a community organisation working for young people who are homeless, drug dependent and recovering from abuse. We support these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense personal traumas such as neglect and physical, psychological and emotional abuse.
Since opening in 1991, Youth Off The Streets has grown from a single food van delivering meals to young homeless people on the streets of Kings Cross to a major youth specific agency providing a wide range of services offering a full continuum of care. It is our goal that these young people will leave our care drug free, with a high school education, living skills and a full or part time job in hand.

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