Launch of the Youth Off The Streets RTO Centre in Merrylands

March 5, 2019

This morning marked the official launch of the newly refurbished Youth Off the Streets RTO learning centre in Merrylands, thanks to a community building partnership 2016 project with the NSW Government.

Every year in Australia one in five young people aged from 15 to 19 and one quarter of all older teenagers drop out of education and are unemployed.[1] This is an unacceptable state of affairs that is leaving a generation behind. Young people with idle hands and minds don’t contribute to the community or look to better themselves.

Father Chris Riley, Founder and CEO of Youth off the Streets, addressed this issue at the launch and promised to deliver work ready skills to more young people in Merrylands.

“I’m very grateful to be able to officially open this facility today. Getting kids into work and mainstream schooling is crucial for us, so we need to be open to every opportunity available to us. We have been able to address the numbers of students dropping out of mainstream schooling by getting the RTO to deliver work ready skills for our students to have a better chance at finding employment. “

The state member for Granville, Julia Finn MP, was there to officially open the RTO learning Centre and spoke about the importance of these facilities in providing kids with opportunities for education and employment.

“It gives me great pleasure to see the next step in the amazing facilities you provide here in Merrylands.  You’re looking after the most marginalised kids, who struggle with school and their families, to make sure they make a transition to adulthood with options available to go on to start their own careers and families and to settle into the community despite their rough start in life. “

The new RTO Learning Centre will contribute to the growth of the service, which has provided over $280,000.00 in free education and training to staff and young people at Youth Off The Streets.  Currently, there are 20 young people enrolled in the new learning centre with more to come throughout the year!



[1]  (Foundation for Young Australians {FYA}, 2012).

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