Our Story

Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation working for young people who are homeless, drug dependent and recovering from abuse.  We support these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense personal traumas such as neglect and physical, psychological and emotional abuse.

It is our goal that these young people will leave our care drug free, with a high school education, living skills and a full or part time job in hand.

Since opening in 1991, Youth Off The Streets has grown from a single food van delivering meals to young homeless people on the streets of Kings Cross to a major youth specific agency offering a full continuum of care through delivery of a wide range of services.

Our 25 services include aboriginal programs, crisis accommodation, alcohol and other drug services, counselling, accredited high schools, outreach and residential programs. Volunteers support us every step of the way.

Youth Off The Streets is accredited as a Designated Agency for Out of Home Care and maintains policies and procedures that comply with the benchmark standards as defined by the Office of the Children's Guardian.

The legislative frameworks we comply with or work within are:

  • Out of Home Care and Child Protection
  • Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW)
  • Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment
  • (Parental Responsibilities Contracts) Act 2006 (NSW)
  • Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act 2000 (NSW)
  • Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)
  • Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 (NSW)
  • The Ombudsman Act 1974 (NSW)
  • The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

To view the 20 year timeline for Youth Off The Streets, click here.