Youth Off The Streets Aboriginal Services Model
Youth Off The Streets recognise that in terms of disadvantage, there is no group in Australia facing more challenges than our Indigenous population. There are Indigenous communities in this country who are living with health and life expectancy outcomes that are similar to those experienced in third world nations.
Youth Off The Streets Aboriginal Services aim to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children, young people and their families and communities by offering Outreach and Early Intervention services based on proven models that are culturally appropriate and specifically tailored to meet the needs of the communities in which we operate. Aboriginal Services works across the agency ensuring the rights, needs and aspirations of Aboriginal clients are considered in all activities and programs.
We work in partnership with Aboriginal Elders, local service providers, government departments and community members with the aim of continual and lasting improvement in outcomes for the young people, families and communities involved.
Youth Off The Streets Aboriginal Services vision is for all communities to work within a spirit of co-operation; accepting diversity, acknowledging strengths and supporting each other.
Our Mission is to:
Equip and empower Aboriginal youth and their communities to embrace the future – standing strong and proud.
Our Early Intervention and Outreach Programs achieve this by focusing on:
- Re-engaging young people with their community
- Building self resilience and self confidence through positive experience
- Enhancing leadership
- Teaching communication & team building skills
- Fostering a strong sense of pride in the young people’s cultural identity and heritage.
Youth Off The Streets Aboriginal Services currently operates three Outreach and Early Intervention programs in disadvantaged communities.
Click on the links below for more information on our Aboriginal Programs:
South Eastern Sydney Outreach was established in 2013 after receiving a $5 million grant from the National Crime Prevention Fund. It's aim is to engage young people in Maroubra and La Perouse (South Eastern Sydney) using our Outreach Services model. The Outreach is funded for a two year period and runs three Outreach services per week. For more information, click here.
Logan Outreach was established in 2013 after receiving a $5 million grant from the National Crime Prevention Fund. The Outreach is funded for a two year period and runs three Outreach services per week. For more information, click here.
Doonside Outreach engages young people in their own environment, starting with low key activities and building up to more structured specific activities as trust and acceptance grows in the community. Our outreach BBQ’s and activities create an environment where family and community participation is encouraged and welcomed. For more information, click here.
Griffith Outreach fosters community input, shares resources and maintains a consistent approach, as our staff work collaboratively with local services and are proactive in developing new partnerships. For more information, click here.
Narrandera Outreach aims to strength existing programs and activities by providing opportunities that assist youth to succeed in their own way with increased access to positive life choices. For more information, click here.
Aboriginal Education Services - Aboriginal Education Program
The aim of the program is to provide an alternative learning environment for Aboriginal students with consultation from the community, implementing culturally appropriate teaching strategies and activities. Click here for more information
Aboriginal Services at the Koch Centre for Youth
Youth Off The Streets opened the Koch Centre for Youth in Macquarie Fields in January 2011. The Centre for Youth creates a safe and engaging environment based on trust and respect and supports young people by providing opportunities to encourage and facilitate life choices. For more information, click here.
Aboriginal Residential Services - Pindari Bulen Program
Located at Better Homes Farm in the Southern Highlands, the program is a service for young Aboriginal males aged between 12 and 17 years who have been referred to the service through the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. For more information, click here.
Service Learning in the Education team is an innovative values-based intervention program being used with great success in our long-term residential programs. It is a character-building program specifically designed for youth dealing with issues of violence and aggression, which aims to teach young people generosity and empathy for others. Click here for more information.
The Mentoring Program provides the opportunity for adults who are positive role models to build and nurture a relationship with a young person by offering guidance, support and encouragement to help develop the young person’s character, confidence and competencies. Click here for more information.
This program has been developed to provide young people accessing Youth Off The Streets services the optimal opportunity for successful reintegration into mainstream society as they leave our care.
For further information about Youth Off The Streets Aboriginal Services, please contact our Head Office Ph: 61 2 4878 9230 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org