Our Young People

At Youth Off The Streets, we treat everyone who comes through our door as an individual. Meet some of the young people who have turned their lives around with help from Youth Off The Streets.

All Stories:

Jack’s Story

Jack’s Story

When Jack first came to Berkeley outreach he was flooded with issues. He had lived most of his life in and out of his family home and staying with relatives and friends from time...

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Jenny’s Story

Jenny’s Story

Our team met Jenny over two years ago when she started attending one of our youth outreaches. Jenny never saw much of her parents growing up. Her father was in prison most of his...

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Steve’s Story

Steve’s Story

From the age of 11, Steve was living on the streets and by the time he turned 13 he was already addicted to substances and suffering from depression and low self-esteem. His...

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Sara’s Story

Sara’s Story

When Sara was 13 her future looked very uncertain. She was drinking heavily and smoking cigarettes. At home there were blazing rows with her mum. At 14, she moved out of home...

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Shane’s Story

Shane’s Story

Shane* had to grow up quickly. He was the son of two alcoholic parents. Early on, he had to shoulder responsibilities beyond his years. Shane lived in fear of his father’s rages....

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Jessica’s Story

Jessica’s Story

When Jessica* came to Youth off the Streets she was just 16. In her own words, she was in “a very bad way”. She was in an abusive relationship, addicted to heroin and living on...

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Noni’s Story

Noni’s Story

By the time Noni* was a teenager, her relationship with her alcoholic mother had fallen apart. Her childhood had been violent. Threats to her safety had seen her spend some of...

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Trudi’s Story

Trudi’s Story

When Trudi* first came into contact with Youth Off The Streets, she was 15 and homeless. Her life revolved around heroin, prostitution, crime and the streets. She was in crisis...

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Zane’s Story

Zane’s Story

When Zane* was a teenager he was in and out of the juvenile justice system. He was using drugs and struggled to stay in school. He came to Youth Off The Streets and his future...

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Amy’s Story

Amy’s Story

Amy* is just 15 but she’s already known homelessness and hardship in her young life. She had dropped out of school and had been living between the streets and refuges. Thankfully...

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Andrew’s Story

Andrew’s Story

What Andrew* needed urgently was a safe place to live. For homeless kids, crisis accommodation is a priority. That’s a need that Don Bosco Home in Marrickville is designed to...

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Hannah’s Story

Hannah’s Story

Hannah* was 14 when she came to Youth Off The Streets. In her short life she’d endured tremendous hardship. Her boyfriend, a 42-year old heroin dealer, was violent and abusive....

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