Towards the end of 2018, our schools were facing a shortfall of $1.3million in federal government funding as a result of changes to their funding model.
This would have dealt a crushing blow to the disadvantaged young people who attend Youth Off The Streets schools as it represented a 30% cut to our schools’ funding. It meant we would have no choice but to close some of our educational services.
Education is the key to breaking the cycle of disadvantage. Such a huge financial set-back would have left many of our kids behind.
Fortunately as a result of front page media and the lobbying efforts of our friends and supporters the government backed down and agreed to guarantee funding for 2018 and 2019.
This was an enormous relief and our heartfelt thanks go to all those in government and the community who came to our assistance.
While funding beyond 2019 cannot be guaranteed at this stage we are hopeful that we can rely on the government to fund this incredibly important educational resource for young people who for a variety of reasons are not able to continue their schooling in the mainstream system.
We often take young people into year 9 who would otherwise be leaving school and give them a chance to pursue their educational dreams and unlock their full potential.
We believe that no matter who you are, or where you come from, your circumstances should never seal your fate.
We are especially grateful to our supporters, many of whom sent messages and offers of help during this worrying time.
It is certainly a great comfort to know so many people in the community are on our side and are prepared to stand up for disadvantaged kids and their right to an education.