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Youth Projects Limited provides front line support to individuals experiencing disadvantage, unemployment, homelessness, alcohol and other drug issues, and young people looking to reengage with learning and employment. We are an Australian-based independent, registered charity.

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Life changing, wrap around support

Youth Projects was first established in 1984 to respond to the rise in youth unemployment and entrenched disadvantage in the north of Melbourne.

Over the past 30 years, Youth Projects has considerably expanded its services throughout Melbourne including the very heart of the central business district.

Our connected model of support is rare in the community sector. We have always offered a holistic approach that combines multiple services in one place. For young people, we know they need assistance to overcome confusing and frustrating  barriers. We make getting help simple and straightforward because its all within Youth Projects. That’s why our record working with unemployed youth  is recognised as one of the most effective in the country.

Our comprehensive services and skilled team also mean we can support people with highly complex needs and challenges in their lives, ensuring  they are not left behind or without help in a complex system where too many people fall through the cracks.

Often people who are homeless don’t get all the help they need and frequently miss out on access to key needs like health or education, mental health support or help with drug problems, That’s why our model of help makes the most impact by tackling the hardest problems for people lost in the service system.

All the help in one place

There are many areas of operation at Youth Projects, with programs that span from 730am – 200 am.

We run an accredited medical clinic, mental health service, alcohol and drug counselling service, outreach nursing, a youth specialist employment service, accredited training in our registered training organisation, an apprenticeships centre, drink drug drive training and extensive mobile HIV/AIDS prevention drug safety services.

Inclusive and non-judgemental

We are a non-judgemental service with a strong focus on respect, client centred care and harm prevention We work with clients on a personalised, tailored basis to address highly complex issues faced by people experiencing multiple and complex needs.

We are community based and independent of government, or any religion. We work to ensure each member of our community is empowered with the skills, confidence and support to sustain a life of independence and wellbeing.

Youth Projects recognises the traditional owners of this land, the Wurundjeri People, and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future.

Our vision

The pro bono Board of Directors reviews the strategic plan annually and monitors performance at every Board meeting to ensure our vision and mission are being delivered.

Life changing opportunities for every young person.

Our mission

High impact support. Without judgement. Fullstop.

Our values

  • Social Justice
  • Inclusion
  • Empowerment
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Courage
  • Commitment

Impact Reports

2017 / 2018
2018 / 2019

Financial Reports