Steph*, a young person from our Western Sydney Outreach program has recently been successfully chosen to participate in Project Uplift; an initiative of the NSW state government to connect young people to celebrities and mentors.
A then High School student, Steph first came across Youth Off The Streets at one of our Western Sydney outreach centres. As a local to the area, Steph noticed the centre from the street and decided to approach to see what we had to offer.
Since her first day at the Youth Off The Streets Outreach service Steph has been successful in developing her skills and pursuing an education. She is currently completing a diploma in Nursing, in which staff were able to support her in her application. As well as being a member of our Youth Advisory Group, she has been successful in gaining a position as a Multicultural Youth ambassador for New South Wales.
Steph has helped community researches with research projects in the local area and was the recipient of Father Chris Riley’s own award, the Mavis & Kevin Riley award given to young people who successfully achieve personal goals.
As a result of her connection with Youth Off The Streets, Steph is more open minded and knowledgeable about issues facing the community. She has developed a strong social conscious and is working tirelessly to make positive changes in her community.
All of these outstanding achievements have paved the way for Steph’s selection in the New South Wales Premiers’ office Project UpLift. Project UpLift connects young people with industry leaders for mentoring and support.
As a part of the UPLIFT program, Steph will be partaking in a five day trek through Kakadu National park with Premier Mike Baird, Layne Beachley, Kirk Pengilly and Tim Pickles.
Steph’s dedication to her community and self development are admirable and we wish the best to Steph on her trek.
*Name changed for privacy