Father Chris Riley on how education is key to breaking the cycle of disadvantage

February 19, 2016

Education is a real driver of change and it is the key to breaking the cycle of disadvantage among young people. This year, we’re hoping to give 185 young people the opportunity to reach their full potential.

In our experience, when children are born into disadvantaged families they are much more likely to experience disadvantage themselves and these experiences are passed onto their children. It’s a cycle that I’ve dedicated my life to breaking.

I’ve seen firsthand the value of education and how it can help transform young people’s lives, breaking the cycle of disadvantage. That is why Youth Off The Streets invests so heavily in the skills, capabilities and self-confidence of young people through education.

Currently, we have four independent, accredited high schools providing 162 young people with the opportunity to reach their full potential. We have developed our schools with an understanding that mainstream education is not a good fit for all young people, some require a more individualised and flexible approach to their learning which is centred on a young person’s interests and skills.

We’ve also recently launched the National Scholarship Program for 2016. Over the coming months we’re asking students in need of support to apply. It’s for young people aged 16 to 21. We’re able to provide 22 scholarships that will help young people achieve their dream.

Our schools and National Scholarship Program have a common goal: to build on each young person’s strengths. As a result, 185 young people will be one step closer to building a fulfilling future and can continue their path out of the cycle of disadvantage that their families often face.

For more information about our schools, National Scholarship Program or to offer assistance, please call 02 9330 3500 or visit our website: youthoffthestreets.com.au.

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