2018 Finalists

Congratulations to the below finalists in the WA Youth Awards for 2018.

Ella Jean Grainger Wylynko: 18, Cottesloe

The Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award

Ella is committed to serving her community and improving lives for people less fortunate than her. Over the last three years, Ella has done 280 hours of community service, joined the youth leadership council, has been on the Nedlands youth council, got accepted into the Youth Week Committee for 2018, and is currently on the WA Young People LGBT+ committee. She has also spoken on radio (RTRFM) about the marriage plebiscite and sex education in school.

Ella also co-runs a non-profit small business called GOSHI, which attempts to weave the Perth youth community together through independent journalism. She is extremely passionate about fighting for equality, particularly for young people. She was a part of Students for Marriage Equality who rallied for passing the same sex marriage bill, performed a winning slam poem about invasion day / Australia Day, and has given her time to rally in LGBT+ parades, for aboriginal rights and for refugee rights.

Wil Massara: 16, Collie.

The Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award

Wil is a 16-year-old social entrepreneur from Collie in WA’s South West. Two years ago, he attended the Magic Moments Youth Leadership and Business Summit in Sydney, and left inspired to make a change within his school, community and country. He joined his local Youth Advisory Committee, committed to making a difference to the development of his town.

He is part of a program known as Project NextGen - a group of local business owners and entrepreneurs who are trying to establish a more clear vision of the future of Collie after coal. Earlier this year, Wil established Youth Leadership Academy Australia, an academy focused on building a positively sustainable future by teaching leadership, teamwork, communication, entrepreneurship and mental health, learnings often missed in the education system. The Academy recently hosted its first ever event with over 80 high-school students attending. The outcome of the event was incredible with 92% of students saying they feel more comfortable leading their community.

Scott Guerini: 12, Alikmos

The Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award

After learning about helping others during a lesson at 4-year-old Kindy, Scott decided he needed to do something to help sick kids and babies. Despite his parents objections, he decided to walk the 25km from his farm to town, raising funds from around the community. On his walk day, he crossed the finish line in 8 hours and 40 minutes saying, “I now know I can do anything!”

From that moment on Scott has dedicated his life to helping others. He has walked almost 500km in the past nine years, at the tender age of 12, has raised over $145,000 for Telethon. He now speaks at schools, clubs and corporate events, talking about dealing with pressure and the importance talking to someone to when you’re not feeling great. He has also written and published a book called ‘Did You know, You can Change the World?’ and has sold over 1,000 copies with proceeds going to Telethon.

Amy Astill: 16, South Kalgoorlie

The Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award

Amy Astill is described as a strong, feisty 16-year-old woman living in remote Western Australia. She is very passionate about accurate representation of young people in leadership positions and ensuring young people in her desert town have their voices heard across the country. She is the Youth Mayor of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and is committed to encouraging diversity by advocating for Muslim and Aboriginal young people to join the youth council.

She is also committed to bringing opportunities to Kalgoorlie for young women, and recently organised a leadership and empowerment workshop for young women aged between 15 and 16. In March this year, Amy decided to raise money for families affected by blood cancer by shaving her hair off. She raised almost $5000 for the cause, as result of endless promotion and persistence.

Drisana Levitzke-Gray: 25, Balga

ECU Community Leadership Award

Drisana is a disability rights campaigner and has been actively involved with the Deaf community locally, nationally and internationally, her entire life. She was one of the founding members of Deaf Youth Australia, and at just 16, she was the youngest board member to be elected for the Western Australian Association of the Deaf. In the years that have followed, she has continued to mentor other deaf young people, and to lobby government and corporates for greater support for Auslan. This has led to the addition of Auslan to the school curriculum and changes to the NDIS to provide greater support for young deaf people and their families.

In 2015, she was named Young Australian of the Year, and she continues to use her platform to raise awareness about the human rights of Deaf children in Australia, as well as presenting on the issue internationally.

Sophie Stewart: 24, Victoria Park

ECU Community Leadership Award

Sophie is the coordinator for Social Reinvestment WA, and for the past three years she has advocated for justice reform and to end the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in prison. She led the coalition to develop the first justice Reinvestment trial site model for WA, has led a campaign to end the imprisonment of vulnerable people for unpaid fines, and helped gain Government commitment to end the overrepresentation of Aboriginal kids and adults in prison.

Sophie also is the founder and director of Swim for Refugees, a program started in 2016 that teaches people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds key survival skills. More than just a swimming program, it seeks to welcome people to WA, and help them to feel at home in Perth. It has taught over 180 people vital swimming skills, and engaged over 100 young people as volunteers.

Pidavara Bule-Turner: 20, South Hedland

ECU Community Leadership Award

Pida is employed by the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation as the Pilbara Regional Youth Employment Coordinator. She is the architect of a youth employment program known as "Skills 4 Life" that has generated first-time, casual employment for Aboriginal young people. In less than 12 months, she has placed 37 Aboriginal young people into first-time employment. She is determined to create opportunities with large local employers. Six months ago, Kmart South Hedland had just three Aboriginal employees from 116 staff - just 2.5% of their total workforce. They now employ 27 Aboriginal people, representing 23% of the total workforce; the highest number and percentage across all Kmart stores in Australia.

Pida is a qualified senior lifeguard and has mobilised a squad of young swimmers known as the "Hedland Desert Crocs", to compete in the international Lake Argyle 10km Fresh Water Marathon in Kununurra.

Rubi Ni Chin: 22, Ballajura

ECU Community Leadership Award

Rubi arrived in Australia 12 years ago as a refugee from Myanmar. A member of the Chin ethnic minority, she is now a board member of the Western Australian Chin Community and Vice President of the WA Chin University Student Organisation. In this role, she founded a program which provides weekly tutoring for over 40 Perth Chin primary school aged children. She is now spokesperson for refugee issues in Australia, and has featured in numerous news programs, in addition to being a keynote speaker at the 2016 Perth Refugee week celebration.

Rubi is also an Ambassador for the University of Western Australia, and Co-Chair of Mettamorphosis, a not-for-profit which focuses on refugee education. She is currently undertaking her Masters in Biomedical Science at the University of Western Australia.

Sjon Kraan: 25, Coodanup

The Hope Community Services Positive Achievement Award

Sjon described a is a passionate and hardworking individual who is driven to create positive change for children and young people and their families. At the age of just four, Sjon entered statutory care and endured numerous placement changes, which was a hard and destabilising experience. In his teen years, Sjon became involved with CREATE - the peak body representing the voices of children and young people with a care experience. He joined CREATE’s leadership course in 2011 and became a Young Consultant for CREATE.
Through this role, Sjon has played a key role in bringing together government representatives, policy makers and frontline staff, with young people who have a care background. He remains a strong voice for children and young people with a care experience.

Now 25, Sjon works as Child Support Service Officer and is also the sole carer for his mother who has a disability.

Maria Kar-Yen Tam: 22, Scarborough

The Hope Community Services Positive Achievement Award

As the only Asian child in her year group, Maria was bullied by her classmates and felt ashamed of her cultural background. After trying to change the shape of her eyes with sticky tape, her self-esteem was shattered. In 2011, Maria was diagnosed with an infection of her lymph nodes leading to chronic joint pain, and fever. The bullying, racism and discrimination, coupled with illness, led to Maria experiencing suicidal ideation, anxiety and depression.

In an attempt to find her place, Maria discovered volunteering. She volunteered as a care assistant at a nursing home from 2009 to 2013, and later joined Radio Lollipop. In 2017, she coordinated the Big Red Kidney Walk and raising $15,000 for Kidney Health Australia. She now volunteers for St John Ambulance as a Community Transport Driver, transporting the elderly to and from appointments and events, and joined the headspace Fremantle Youth Reference Group. Maria recently started a job at Graylands Hospital Youth Hospital as a Youth Peer Support Worker.

Dale Rollason: 24, Broome

The Hope Community Services Positive Achievement Award

Dale is a sister, a carer, an educator, a bus driver and an inspiration. Dale works at Broome Primary School as an Aboriginal Education Officer and the School Based Attendance Officer. She is responsible for coordinating the complex attendance strategies, and has had direct positive impacts and outcomes on improving school attendance, student wellbeing, strengthening student cultural identity.

She also displays incredible strength and commitment to her family. She has been studying Education full time at University, whilst helping to raise her sisters and guide them through high school.

A quote she gave to the ABC about her school bus efforts sums her up: “My home life and background was not one that was easy… a lot of violence, stuff everyone goes through and a lot of my students go through as well. I feel like me knowing that and empathising, that’s really what drives me. I want to give those kids the faith they can do it just like anyone else.”

Paige Chinnery: 20, Kalgoorlie

The Hope Community Services Positive Achievement Award

Paige is known as a quiet achiever. At just six, she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which means that she has joint hypermobility, skin hyperextensibility and tissue fragility. At that age, even little things like writing with a pencil or using scissors would cause fatigue and pain. She also faced bullying, constant criticism and physical abuse from her step-father, and, as a protector for her three siblings, Paige bore the brunt of the abuse.

These challenges have not stopped Paige from wanting to contribute. In 2012, at the age of 14, Paige and her younger sister Maddison formed a partnership called Sparkles and Twinkles, dressing as fairy princesses to entertain children, all in a voluntary capacity. In 2016, she joined local disability service provider GIFSA, and is employed on a casual basis as a support care worker. She also volunteers at Full Circle Therapies, a non-profit organisation providing autism specific therapy services.

ICEA Foundation

The Life Without Barriers Organisational Achievement Award – Small

ICEA's overarching purpose is to achieve reconciliation through mutual respect for all Australians. With three programs spanning across WA, ICEA is enabling young Australians to develop their knowledge and skills and meaningfully engage with reconciliation. Its main programs include YARN, which enhances students’ intercultural understanding, critical thinking and sense of agency in reconciliation, and the ICEA Classic, an annual festival that celebrates different cultures coming together. ICEA also delivers school attendance and behaviour programs within remote communities

The YARN program alone has engaged almost 6000 people across 304 sessions in the last three years, with 84% feeling more confident in their knowledge of Indigenous peoples’ histories in Australia, and 91% were more likely to speak up if they hear racist jokes or comments.

The entire organisation is led by young people who are empowered to run programs, host events, try new strategies and develop their skills. It is a vessel for young people to channel their passion and create positive change in the community.

Vincent’s Project for the Homeless

The Life Without Barriers Organisational Achievement Award – Small

Vincent’s Project for the Homeless began in 2013, when a 7-year-old Vincent was bullied at school and inconsolable at home. To help him with the situation, his mum told him to think of doing something nice for someone else. His idea was to provide homeless people them with packs of toiletries and comfort items, inspired by homeless people he saw on his walks with his grandparents.

In 2014 he set his target at 300 packs and delivered 364 packs to the Vinnies.
In 2015, he delivered 642, and in 2016, more than 200 people came to help him pack 1,039 packs. The growth continued, with another 400 people from 18 different primary and high schools packing and delivering 1845 packs.

This year, packing day saw 1,540 bags made, with another 200 expected to be made in Broome and 200 in Bunbury in term 4 - the first time the Project will go regional.

It is estimated that his packs have helped around 5,615 people, and his 10-year plan is to help 14,000 people. Each bag is worth $66, which equates to more than $372,000 worth of products being provided to those in need - a huge achievement.

Youth Disability Advocacy Network

The Life Without Barriers Organisational Achievement Award – Small

YDAN are a group of young people living positive lives and endeavoring to support others living with a disability. They also focus on building the community’s awareness of disability and inclusion. All members are volunteers who commit their time and skills so that other young people living with disabilities can have an impact on decisions that ultimately affect them. The members are often silently coping with medical, sensory or physical issues daily, that are ‘managed’ rather than used as an excuse to not pitch in.

The group deliver presentations to professional and youth groups on topics related to youth and disability. They developed a presentation on Sexuality and Disability titled “You’re doing it Wrong”- tackling often a topic that is considered taboo, but one needs to be openly discussed. They also deliver an introduction to the concepts of disability titled “Disability 101”.

YDAN are a strong reference group for accessibility issues and has also began making regional trips to educate high school groups.

Compass Students Group Incorporated

The Life Without Barriers Organisational Achievement Award – Small

The Compass Students Group began in February 2018 when a group of medical students came together with a common goal – gaining experience in foreign aid while also achieving impact in disadvantaged communities.

Compass partnered with Hope For Children (HFC), a Perth not-for-profit that has had a 20-year presence in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to identify where medical students could bring meaningful health-focused work to. In the last eight months, Compass has developed programs in the areas of sexual health, healthy living, mental health and first aid to deliver to students at The School of St Yared, which provides tuition to some of the poorest children in Addis Ababa, whose parents are often deceased or living with HIV/AIDS.

The Compass vision is an Ethiopia where vulnerable communities have access to optimal health services to fully participate in reaching their potential; and an engaged and culturally competent generation of future doctors who are advocates and participants of foreign aid.

Jessica Vati

The Minister for Youth’s Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award

Jessica has worked with the Street Net Youth Service in Mandurah for nine years, and has worked in the youth sector for almost two decades. For much of her time at Street Net, Jess has been the sole youth worker, and has worked tirelessly to develop and deliver programs for young people in the region.

Jess was instrumental in bringing the Nighthoops Basketball program to Mandurah and Pinjarra when no other agency could. She is also passionate about supporting Indigenous culture and has been actively involved in getting camps for indigenous young people in care reinstated.

Jess consistently delivers strong outcomes for young people, and often forfeits her own work time to assist young people who need a hand, including transporting a young person to Perth to attend Court hearings and to advocate on their behalf when they had no family members able to provide support. She is described as the most professional, hardworking youth workers in the sector in the Peel region.

Areta Ellis

The Minister for Youth’s Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award

Areta is described as an active and enthusiastic employee of the Youth Involvement Council (or YIC). She first worked at YIC ten years ago before working in the corporate world and living in Africa. Her desire to improve conditions and create solutions for young people in Hedland enticed her back from the lucrative mining sector.

She displays genuine cares for the 800 young people aged 5-25 who have contact with YIC programs and services each year. 50% of these young people attend programs regularly, and 120 plus young people engaged in voluntary case management to receive intensive support to overcome their challenges. A third of the young people engaging with YIC have been assessed as being “at extreme risk”, and Areta leads these vital programs manages the staff who deliver services to them.

Areta leads by example, getting down to grass roots level to do whatever is required to ensure that daily operations run smoothly. She is a well-known and respected member of the Pilbara community.

Julie Greer

The Minister for Youth’s Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award

In 2014, Julie completed her Youth Work student placement at Passages Peel. She transitioned directly into casual employment, and quickly became a full-time Youth worker.

Julie values the importance of recognising clients as individuals and empowers young people by actively listening to their stories and advocating in their best interests. She has empowered countless young people to overcome social injustice to achieve a more fulfilling life, including supporting a young couple through signs of safety meetings for reunification with their three children.

Outside of work, Julie has been working with a local Women’s Refuge about a ‘Nana program’, which would allow older women from the community to spend time with the children in the refuge whilst their mothers are engaged in activities relating to their circumstances.

Her nominator said, “to put it simply, Julie, or Juls as she is most commonly known, is the most committed, driven, sincere and humble Youth Worker I have ever had the pleasure of working with.”

Kelly Darragh

The Minister for Youth’s Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award

Kelly is the Youth Development and Support Work at Youth Futures, Anchor Point Program Ballajura. Anchor Point is an alternative education program for young people aged 14 to 19 years of age who are disengaged from school.

Kelly is well loved by her clients and the staff she works with, and has an ability to connect with young people on their own level. She tirelessly supports young people to achieve their education goals, personal aspirations, employment ideals and pursue their passions or interests. She supports people in accessing their communities and managing their interactions with a range of services or systems, which helps the young people build necessary skills to navigate their adult lives.

She manages a significant case load of young people throughout the year. Despite this, Kelly manages the high demands and pace of her position with ease, providing each young person with a high standard of one-on-one support.

Kamsani Bin Salleh: 25, Cottesloe

The Mission Australia Cultural Endeavours Award

Kam is an Aboriginal illustrator who reflects the natural world with his intricate designs, and he uses his artwork as a platform to share knowledge and educate others about culture. As an Aboriginal man, Kam has had to overcome and challenge negative stereotypes that society often portrays on him. He uses his art to overcome this disadvantage, and as a way to express himself and bring stories of his people alive, telling stories of his descendants and highlighting the richness of Aboriginal culture.

Kam also contributes to his community, working with the ICEA foundation to share his art in schools, and runs numerous school art programs across Perth. He is also the 2018 Festival Director of the Kambarang Festival where he aims to provide everyone with a meaningful experience with Noongar Culture. He also recently designed and donated his artwork for use for the MADALAH Ball, the largest fundraising event for Indigenous Education in WA.

Gabby Loo: 21, North Perth

The Mission Australia Cultural Endeavours Award

Gabby is a community artist of a second-generation migrant background, who is driven to improve the marginalising circumstances that migrant and Aboriginal artists experience in the WA arts space. Her work and engagement in WA arts has mainly involved working with these artists of a to empower their perspectives.

She began this journey in February 2017 as the facilitator of Belonging, an interactive platform for creative people from culturally diverse and Indigenous backgrounds to share their stories and explore their identities and cultures. She has also facilitated the Noongar Six Seasons Mirrabooka Mural, joined the Paper Mountain board as a Co-Director and created the CaLD and ATSI Artists of WA online facebook group.

Gabby is also a member of the headspace Armadale Youth Reference Group, and during this time has been a committed and passionate representative for the issues facing young people.

Rafeif Ismail: 24, Caversham

The Mission Australia Cultural Endeavours Award

On 4 December 2003, eight-year-old Rafeif Ismail arrived in Australia with her siblings and parents, after spending nearly three years in Egypt as refugees fleeing the persecution of the Al Bashir government of Sudan. Now 24, Rafeif is studying a degree in neuroscience and linguistics at UWA.

As an emerging multilingual writer, Rafeif is committed to creating stories which explore the rich diversity Australia. Since 2011, she has been a member of Until We Return Vocal Group, which raises awareness of issues in Sudan and the Sudanese diaspora through literature, music and art. She has also written, performed and published poetry and composed music, and won the 2017 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing with the entry “Almira Amongst the Ghosts”, a short story that which explores the lives of refugee youths coming of age in Australia.

She is currently working at the Multicultural Services Centre, coordinating the care of individuals involved with the Multicultural Disability Services Program.

Zal Kanga-Parabia: 23, Hammond Park

The Mission Australia Cultural Endeavours Award

Selfless and creative are two words embodying everything Zal is about. He pours his heart and soul into volunteering his time towards projects supporting local artists, young people and non-profits. He recently directed the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival, programming over 70 free events to impact thousands of young people in WA. Through this, he tirelessly provided opportunities and one-on-one mentorships to local young musicians, actors, artists, photographers, writers, filmmakers, stage production teams and arts workers to work together and create large scale productions, workshops and events spreading the message of togetherness and diversity; his foremost passion.

He personally mentors 3 to 4 artists, and is always looking to support, help and guide young artists, and be a voice for young people to advocate for policy change, funding, support and creative opportunity.

Zal was recently awarded runner up for Best New WA work - Martin Sims Award in Fringe World Festival 2017 for his intimate sold out performance at the State Theatre Centre.

Uriah Daisybell: 18, Coolgardie

The RAC Innovation for a Sustainable Future Award

Uriah Daisybell is a year 12 student at a Christian Aboriginal Parent Directed School and has been a student at the CAPS Coolgardie Campus since 2014. In this time, he has displayed a great aptitude in the field of science.

The prototype was made using components like neodymium magnets, carbon-coated mussel shells and charcoal — all of which were affordable on the project budget. Driven by a desire to fix the ongoing problem of contaminated water in remote Aboriginal communities, Uriah hopes his filter will one day allow wider access to clean water, particularly in his home region of the Kimberley. He has been invited to present on his project at the Water Corporation, and to attend the Safe Water Summit in Brisbane in November.

Uriah hopes to take the project further, aiming to obtain a scholarship to study engineering at university.

Anjali Parmar: 22, Aveley

The RAC Innovation for a Sustainable Future Award

Anjali’s passion is creating good quality urban spaces that cater for the needs of people with impairments, disabilities and the elderly members of our community. Currently completing her final year of an Honours Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, she has been busy writing a dissertation on how sensory design in urban parks can create interactive and stimulating environments for people with impairments.

She recently travelled to Singapore and Japan to carry out case study analysis and observational studies for a sensory park in Singapore and a healing garden in Japan. She is now conducting design sessions with people with impairments and the elderly to inform her design of an urban model of a park that could create a more interactive and stimulating urban environments for people.

Jemma Darvall: 17, Mt Claremont

The RAC Innovation for a Sustainable Future Award

Jemma is a year 11 student at Shenton College, and has developed the app “CO2 and U” that helps raise awareness of the impact on the environment that individuals can have through their diet choices. The app measures the amount and type of meat the users eats on a daily, weekly and yearly scale and equates this consumption to the quantity of CO2 being released into the atmosphere as a consequence of animal farming.

Jemma learnt to code, how to design and wire frame an app, in addition to researching all of the scientific content for the app to work accurately. She is a great example of how a combination of passion and technological skills can bring a great outcome - CO2 and U.

Bella Burgemeister: 12, Dalyellup

The RAC Innovation for a Sustainable Future Award

Bella is extremely passionate about sustainability and community. In January 2017, she wrote a book titled "Bella’s Challenge", which is focussed on the United Nations 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, re-written in “kid-speak" allowing children and young people to easily access information, create challenges and take action. All primary schools in her region now have a copy of the book, and Bella has spoken to schools in the South West, South Australia, and Victoria, about sustainability.

She has sold over 500 books with all profits going to local sustainability projects like her Homeless Locker Initiative. This project – all Bella’s idea – was to fund for lockers in the Bunbury CBD so that people experiencing homelessness had somewhere to store their belongings. At just 11, she became a member of the Bunbury Youth Reference Group to understand council process. Late last year, the Bunbury City Council unanimously agreed the need for lockers and approved funding of $30,000 for 24 lockers to be installed in Bunbury.

Town of Bassendean Youth Services, RYDE Program

The YMCA Organisational Achievement Award – Large

The Town of Bassendean Youth Services developed the RYDE (Regional Youth Driving Education) program in 2015 in response to legislative changes in obtaining a driver’s license. RYDE links volunteer driving mentors to young people to improve their driving ability and reach the required 50 hours of driving to obtain their licence.

The program helps to overcome disadvantage for those who do not have experienced driver mentors to support them, or for families without access to a vehicle or to the finances to complete the required hours of driving experience. Since the RYDE program commenced tow and a half years ago, Bassendean Youth Services have been able to assist over 350 young people. The progression to being safe, competent drivers affords young people with opportunities that may have been affected by lack of transport, distance and the requirement to hold a driver’s license.

Mission Australia and Next Step Alcohol and Drug Service

The YMCA Organisational Achievement Award – Large

Since 2009, the Drug and Alcohol Youth Service (or DAYS) has delivered life changing outcomes for young people across Western Australia, through access to tailored alcohol and other drug holistic (AOD) interventions. DAYS operates within a low medical clinical framework that is underpinned by harm minimisation and harm reduction principals and is the only service of its kind in Australia.

Young people are supported through community case management, art and music therapies, family counselling, education and referral and residential withdrawal and rehabilitation. In the last year, DAYS has supported 634 young people to reduce AOD related harms. 30% these young people reported an improvement in their physical health by participating in the program, 33% reported in improvement in their mental health and 31% improvements in their social and personal interactions.

DAYS is informed by a youth governance group attended by young people who are currently engaged in community and residential treatment.

Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation

The YMCA Organisational Achievement Award – Large

The Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation is an Aboriginal led Not-For-Profit organisation and the primary employment service provider for the Commonwealth government across two districts in the Pilbara. The AAC deliver a youth employment program known as ‘Skills 4 Life’. The program elevates the importance of "first time jobs" and engages Aboriginal young people, in their early teens, with the explicit aim of securing casual first- time employment whilst they are in high school.

Traditional employment programs typically commence in senior high school or after leaving school. The innovation of this approach is engaging Aboriginal young people at a much earlier age of around 13, and providing a positive first time experience of paid work from which to transition to adult employment. In the six months since the start of the program, 31 Aboriginal young people and six non-Aboriginal young people - many considered at-risk -have been placed into first time employment. The AAC has also established local agreements with Coles and Kmart who hare providing continuous employment opportunities.

Passages Youth Engagement Hub

The YMCA Organisational Achievement Award – Large

Passages Youth Engagement Hubs are joint ventures between St Vincent De Paul Society WA and Rotary Club of Perth and were first established in Northbridge in 1999, and expanded to Mandurah in 2012 to address the growing need for youth homelessness services in the Peel region.

Passages provides support to a population of young people who are street present, vulnerable, typically in crisis, and have no other service options or support to meet their basic needs.

Their Active Referral Support Project is a program that piloted a new model of service that sees staff mentor and engage with young people to follow through with referrals that can provide holistic responses to complex needs. Between January 2018 and March 2018, 1,249 contacts with 195 young people were made through the project.

In the youth services landscape, there is general consensus that without Passages, many of the young people that use the service would likely present to emergency departments or interact with the justice or child protection systems more readily.