Some Stories

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Young people who come and see us have some great stories to tell. Check some of them out here.

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Amy

Amy was referred to Project Youth as a result of family dysfunction. When she moved into one of our transitional houses, her passion for design immediately shone. She decorated her room and put a whole lot of love into ensuring the house was made as homely as possible with her unique and bold style.

The stability and support offered by Project Youth has meant that Amy has been able to complete University. In addition to her study, Amy has established her own Graphic Design and Photography business, which was off to a great start (with nearly 4000 instagram followers!), however she could recognise that having a ‘creative mind’ doesn’t always mean you are ‘business minded’.
Amy has now moved into Project Youth’s long term social housing and is enrolled in a Government funded Business Mentoring program.

Amy’s business continues to grow and has just been offered to be flown to Nepal for a week to do a photo shoot, graphics and website development for an international aid agency! 

Alison

Justin

Neal

Neal had been in and out of youth homelessness services for years. He also had an extensive history with the Police and Juvenile Justice.

Whilst Neal was living at one of our accommodation services he identified that he might like to work in a warehouse.

Through Project Youth’s labour hire social enterprise, Labour Y, we were able to offer Neal some casual labour work with a local company. Neal was driven by Project Youth staff to and from work his first few shifts until he had the money and confidence to get public transport. Project Youth even provided Neal with food for lunch as he was unable to provide this for himself.

Neal did a number of shifts with the company when a full time position became available. Project Youth staff advocated that the company give Neal a go even though he didn’t have the required driver’s license or forklift license. The company agreed to interview him and he got the job!

Neal has now been working for that company for 2 years. The company paid for him to get his forklift license and he now supervises the other young people Project Youth sends there to do casual work.

Neal no longer has any involvement with the Police and is happily living with his girlfriend in the private rental market.