Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services
The 2016 survey received 37 responses, 26 males (74%) and nine females (25%). One (3%) participants was under 12 years old, 25 (71%) were between 12 – 15 years, six (17%) were between 15 – 18 years and three (8%) were between 18 – 25 years.
Participants were from several services and programs across Youth Off The Streets:
- One (3%) was from Aboriginal Residential Care
- 18 (50%) were from Griffith/Narrandera Outreach
- Eight (22%) were from South East Sydney Outreach
- Six (17%) were from South West Sydney (KOCH centre)
- Three (8%) were from Logan Outreach
Overall the young people agreed that Aboriginal Services at Youth Off The Streets had helped them.
The young people commented on the best and the worst things about being involved with Youth Off The Streets:
- Having Aboriginal staff to talk to about my issues. Getting out of the house and participating in cultural programs. Camps. Dance group.
- I love everything at YOTS. Support from ABS staff. Learn about my culture. Programs.
- I like seeing my friends. And I like that I can talk to the staff about things I am worried about.
- people smoking and not treating other people and staff like they should
- need more things
- Improved youth centre with better facilities
- Sometimes there is bullying
The young people were asked what could most improve their experiences with Youth Off The Streets, four (13%) said they would like a mentor, 16 (53%) wanted support to improve at school, three (10%) wanted help with their family and relationships, one (3%) wanted support to live independently/get on my feet and nine (30%) wanted help to keep out of trouble with police or other people.
When asked if they had been offered culture support 24 (77%) said yes and seven (23%) were unsure. They identified several Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural activities or reconciliation event that they had participated in.
A survey was undertaken across the seven outreach services across Sydney and New South Wales, young people from six of the Outreach programs participated in the survey. The survey received 123 responses, a significant increase from the 88 response from five of the Outreach programs in 2015. Of the young people, 74 (62%) identified as male, 44 (37%) identified as female, and one (>1%) identified as transgender. 15 (12%) were under 12 years old, 57 (46%) were between 12 – 15 years, 39 (32%) were between 16-18% years, 12 (10%) were between 19-25 years.
Across the programs:
- 44 (36%) were from the Hunter Valley
- 18 (14%) were from Holroyd
- 16 (13%) were from Blacktown
- 19 (15%) were from Bankstown
- 12 (10%) were from Fairfield and
- 15 (12%) were from Illawarra.
Overall the young people agreed that Outreach programs and staff had helped them.
The young people were asked what they would be doing instead if Outreach wasn’t on or it was cancelled. Their answers included:
- Hanging out with friends (6)
- Watching TV at home/ Video games (6)
- Sitting at home doing nothing (14)
- Getting into trouble/doing drugs (6)
The young people were also asked what was the best and the worst thing about Outreach.
- The social environment is enjoyable, despite a few fights here and there everything else is great.
- We boys come and chill and we play a lot of sports and play xbox games
- Talk to the staff and hang out with friends
- Food and chilling
- They don’t let us drink goon
- Nothing in particular, but I have noticed a few drug deals here and there. Obviously this is none of my business, but injustice everywhere is a threat to justice everywhere
- Not enough sessions per week
- Negative people
The young people indicated the top three things that would improve their experience of Outreach, 16 (21%) indicated they would like a mentor, 19 (25%) said support to improve at school, 15 (20%) said help with my family and relationships, 13 (17%) said support to live independently/get on my feet, 21 (28%) help to keep out of trouble with police or other people, 36 (47%) said support to find and keep a job, 12 (16%) a planned reunion after I leave, 38 (50%) more camps, 40 (53%) said more holiday activities.
The young people indicated what cultural activities and reconciliation events they had participated in.
All the young people at New Pathways participated in the 2016 annual survey.The young people indicated how New Pathways had helped them.
The young people were also asked what was the best and the worst thing about New Pathways.
- Being out of the Reiby JJC
- The outings
- The Staff really nice and everybody is nice to me and I think this is helping me. I get to see my family and get to be around people that I like.
- The other kids.
- Family contact
- People bully sometimes and be mean.
The young people indicated what would improve their experience of New Pathways (one participant skipped the question), two (50%) said they would like help with their family and relationships, one (25%) said they would like support to live independently/get on my feet, one (25%) said they would like help to keep out of trouble with police or other people, one (25%) said they would like support to find and keep a job, two (50%) said a planned reunion after I leave, and one (25%) said more holiday activities. Their participation in cultural activities and reconciliation events included: