Outreach programs engage young people with their community
Youth Off The Streets is helping young people connect with their peers and relate to their families, and building stronger communities in the process.
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.
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.
Through our Street Walk program we make contact and connections with young people living on the streets.
From Sunday to Thursday each week Street Walk staff and volunteers are a night-time presence on Sydney streets. The young people we meet are between the ages of 13 and 22. They’re either chronically homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The outreach we make with young people through Street Walk is vital. It’s a key part of what we do at Youth Off The Streets.
The very first Youth Off The Streets program was a food van that served meals to homeless kids in Kings Cross. We’ve now been serving food and drink to people in need since 1991. Every night of the year there are 20-50 people who use the food van – both adults and young people. We never turn anyone away. The Food Van is staffed by a wonderful team of volunteers and travels in Sydney between Green Park and Darlinghurst feeding the hungry.
Our Outreach services make a difference to young people and their communities.