Youth Off The Streets is an unbiased society institution founded in 1991 operating in favour of the underprivileged young generation who are either destitute, displaced, dependent on drugs or recovering from wrongdoing.
This institution is a pillar for these young people as it works to improve their lives and beat the endless private physical or mental pain such as indifference, bodily and/or impulsive misdeed.
Their main objective is to ensure these young people leave the institution free of drugs, with a sound school education, with an ability to do something for a living armed with a full-time or part-time job in hand.
Since its foundation, this institution has progressed from a single food van distributing meals to young destitute people on the streets of Kings Cross to a well-established large youth-related organization providing endless care nurtured through many types of services.
Some of their services include aboriginal programmes, accommodation at a critical situation, counselling alcohol and other drug-related issues, certified high schools, residential programs and supported by volunteers all the way.
Youth Off The Streets is officially recognized as an appropriate establishment for out of home care and sustains guidelines that abide by the benchmark standards as construed by the office of the children’s guardian.
One of their goals is to ensure that the young generation is not denied the right for education, safe housing, rehabilitating drug and alcohol users, counselling and backing services directed at cracking the circle of deprivation, exploitation and neglect.
The youngsters who are involved in the programs and services are able to discover themselves, develop their skill, growth and education.
Youth Off The Streets enables the youngsters to change their future through the progress of their skills, confidence and liaison with each other, their families and relatives.
The first program initiated by the Youth Off The Streets in 1991 was a food van that provided meals to destitute children in Kings Cross. Currently, there are 20- to 50 adult and young people who make use of this food van every night. No one is turned away and it is managed by a wonderful team of volunteers and drives in Sydney between Green Park and Darlinghurst feeding hungry people. A donation of $70 can provide 10 hot dinners from this food van.
In addition to providing food, donors could participate in other programs such as providing a personal kit, a bed for the night or a resource kit.
With $20 a donor can provide the street walk program with a personal kit comprising of toothpaste, toothbrush and deodorant. The staff of this program and volunteers are on the Sydney streets from Sunday to Thursday every week at night. The young people in need are between the ages of 13 to 22 who are either destitute or at risk of being homeless.
Bed for the night
A donor could provide a bed for the night for $40 inclusive of tax to the crisis refuge which functions as part of the Inner West Youth Homelessness Services. This service support over 450 youngsters per year. The main focus is on early intervention and providing home support services for young people who are homeless or at risk of being destitute ranging from 16 to 25 years.
A donor can provide a student with a resource kit for $50 inclusive of tax for a young person who is attending one of the accredited high schools and also provides these youngsters with an opportunity to achieve a sound education in a different background.
The young people enrolled in Youth Off The Streets schools study to change their lives and future. They are able to go back to school an achieve an education of their choice. The students are made meticulous with the skills required to continue their education, pursue vocational training or join the workplace.