Bankstown Outreach engages young people with their community
The Youth Off The Streets Bankstown Outreach program was established in May 2011 after a 16-year old boy was tragically stabbed in the area. Father Chris Riley moved into the area to help the community deal with the event and to support the young people who were affected by it. Within months, Youth Off The Streets had partnered with Bankstown Multicultural Youth Service to deliver a local outreach program.
Every young person has their own story to tell and their own issues to deal with. So we don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. We treat the young people who participate in Outreach programs as individuals and make sure our programs meet their needs – whether it’s BBQs, sporting events, cinema nights or music workshops.
Our Outreach programs give young people the chance to meet youth workers. It’s often the first step to accessing help. We can support young people if they’re in trouble and put them in touch with the services they need.
Everyone is welcome
Our focus is on youth aged 12 to 25 but we encourage families to get involved. We work with local services to develop partnerships with the local community. We make sure most of our activities take place outside of work hours so there is no conflict with employment. The timing makes it easier for families to get involved.
- Accessible activities. Outreach activities take place between 5 and 10pm – outside standard working hours and during peak youth activity times.
- Focused initiatives. Everyone is welcome – but Outreach programs are designed for youth aged 12-21 years old.
- Connected programs. Outreach activities are integrated with programs that already exist in the community.
- Community input. Outreach programs are dynamic – and constantly adapting to the changing needs in our communities.
To make sure we meet the diverse needs of the young people who come to Outreach, Youth Off The Streets employs trainees who come from the local community.
Bankstown – Join us at Outreach
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5pm – 9pm at Paul Keating Park, Bankstown CBD
Call or email anytime
T: 02 9796 1193 E: BankstownOutreach@youthoffthestreets.com.au