Youth off the Streets

A non-denominational organisation providing mentoring, youth work and re-engagement services for young people in Sydney, the Hunter, the Illawarra and the Far West.

Who we are

Youth Off the Streets (YOTS) is a non-denominational organisation which has operated for more than 25 years. We offer a full continuum of care to over 3000 young people each year.

Where we operate

Central Coast: Gosford, Wyong

Far West: Bourke, Cobar, Coonamble, Broken Hill, Far West, Dubbo

Hunter Valley: Newcastle, Lower Hunter, Maitland, Port Stephens, Upper Hunter, Lake Macquarie

Illawarra: Dapto, Port Kembla, Kiama, Shellharbour Wollongong

Sydney: City, Inner South, Eastern Suburbs, West, Inner West, North Sydney, Hornsby, North Beaches, Outer South West, Outer West, Blue Mountains, Parramatta, Ryde, South West, Sutherland, Baulkham Hills, Hawkesbury, Blacktown,

Who we can help

Secondary students, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, refugee students, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students, Schools for Specific Purposes.

What we do

Youth Off The Streets (YOTS) provides a range of services for young people aged 12 to 25 years who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging from community, family, education or friends. We can offer support in range of areas including: education, homeless services, refugee services, Aboriginal services, scholarships, cultural support, outreach, drug and alcohol services, training, mentoring, links to learning, domestic and family violence support and employment.

Mentoring

Our Aboriginal Services team conducts mentoring for Aboriginal boys and girls. This involves group mentoring,  individualised care and appropriate referrals. All activities are delivered by qualified youth workers. We target students aged 12 to 19 years. Our services are usually delivered within the school but can also happen elsewhere. The time commitment varies depending individual circumstances. Typically we provide regular, weekly sessions of one or two-hours, but can also deliver half-day or full-day sessions as required.

Our Aboriginal Services operate in Blacktown, South West Sydney, South East Sydney and in Bourke.

Our outreach locations are spread across NSW with a focus on Sydney  and the Hunter region.

Our Refugee service is based in Fairfield.

Costs: Generally $50 to $80 per hour however the cost is dependent on individual needs and the time spent on program delivery. Contact us to discuss your budget and requirements.

Alternative Education Programs

We have six registered and accredited high schools with small class sizes where students receive support from teachers, support workers and psychologists. They are located in Redfern, Merrylands, Macquarie Fields, Cordeaux, Maroubra and Central Coast. Other alternative education options are through our Links to Learning programs or via behavioral programs such as Rock and Water, RAGE and Love Bites. Our goal with alternative education is to reengage young people with mainstream education wherever possible. We help young people achieve their ROSA and if possible their HSC. All activities are delivered by qualified youth workers, teachers and psychologists. We target students aged 12 to 19 years but can work with younger cohorts as well.

Costs: Generally $50 to $80 per hour however the cost is dependent on individual needs and the time spent on program delivery. Contact us to discuss your budget and requirements.

Engagement or Re-engagement Services

YOTS aims to address the core issues young people while keeping in mind that there are often significant structural issues in a young person's life that may need to be addressed. We are flexible based upon the needs of the young person and the issue the school needs to address.

All activities are delivered by qualified youth workers. We target students aged 12 to 19 years. Our services are usually delivered within the school but can also happen elsewhere. The time commitment varies depending individual circumstances. Typically we provide regular, weekly sessions of one or two-hours, but can also deliver half-day or full-day sessions as required.

Some of the services and programs we offer include: case management, individual support, recreational programs, school holiday activities, referrals, Youth work, RAGE, Love Bites, Managing the Bull, Youth Leadership, Rock and Water, Cultural Groups for ATSI and for Muslim Youth and Youth leadership groups.

Costs: Generally $50 to $80 per hour however the cost is dependent on individual needs and the time spent on program delivery. Contact us to discuss your budget and requirements.

School Refusal Services

YOTS specialises in helping young people in crisis. We can tailor specific programs that address current or pending issues that young people in a school are facing. We look at all inputs into that person's situation including housing, health, family, DFV, drug and alcohol issue and any other factors that are relevant to their wellbeing. We try to assist each young and to ensure that their needs are met in a holistic manner.

The programs and services we offer include: case management, individual support, recreational programs, school holiday activities, referrals, Youth work, RAGE, Love Bites, Managing the Bull, Youth Leadership, Rock and Water, Cultural Groups for ATSI and for Muslim Youth and Youth leadership groups.

Costs: Generally $50 to $80 per hour however the cost is dependent on individual needs and the time spent on program delivery. Contact us to discuss your budget and requirements.

Parenting programs

We run playgroup for young parents at the Koch Community Centre in Macquarie Fields where participants can learn from others and to share experiences and ideas.

Costs: Free

Contacts

Evan Walsh

grants@youthoffthestreets.com.au

Ph: (02) 9330 3500

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