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New Futures for Young People

We enable vulnerable young people and families to navigate life challenges and
thrive in the community.


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    Housing

    Brisbane Youth Service is a registered Tier 3 housing provider under the National Regulatory System - Community Housing. We assist homeless young people and young families to find and maintain safe, stable accommodation and to develop the skills needed to maintain their own property.

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    Health services

    The Medical Clinic is situated at the Valley Hub, 42 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley. It is a free, confidential service supporting young people with physical and mental health issues.

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    Emergency relief

    Brisbane Youth Service offers emergency relief services to help young people address immediate basic needs in times of crisis. Emergency relief can act as a safety net for young people experiencing homelessness who have limited means or resources at their disposal.

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    Advocacy/Support

    It is sometimes difficult for vulnerable young people to understand and negotiate with government and other institutions. Brisbane Youth Service supports young people in a range of ways by advocating for their needs with landlords, the Department of Housing, the Department of Education, Queensland Health, tertiary institutions, and Centrelink. We also support young people who are experiencing legal issues or involved in the justice system.

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    Support for Young Parents

    Many of our young clients are parents and have accompanying children. Our specialised staff at the Centre for Young Families provide innovative support and a positive approach to parenting.

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    Support for Young Women

    The Centre for Young Women offers young women the opportunity to meet with a team of dedicated women’s workers, operating as a safe women’s space.

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    JB's journey to independent living
    Before BYS I was living on friends’ couches and feeling like a burden on them and their families. I couldn’t return home as my mother was emotionally abusive towards me and I never felt I had a voice or was listened to. I ran out of friends’ couches to sleep on and I decided I needed more help so I searched the internet and found BYS...
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Latest publication

"In 2015-16 homelessness amongst young people supported by BYS reduced from 53% to 16.4%. This is one of many ways we are helping to create New Futures for Young People. As we look forward to our 40 year celebration next year, we are collectively very optimistic about the future of BYS and the young people we support."- Annemaree Callander, CEO
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Annual Report 2015-2016

We are proud to present our 2015-2016 Annual Report. It features information about the activities of the past year, the great outcomes young people are achieving, as well as some very inspirational stories. We invite you to have a read and learn more about the work we are doing with vulnerable young people in Brisbane.

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Latest news

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    Posted Nov 07, 2017

    Outcomes for young tenants

    The BYS Sustaining Young Tenancies team have been celebrating the findings of the interim evaluation report, completed by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI).

    BYS were funded by the Department of Housing and Public Works to deliver the 18 month Sustaining Young People’s Tenancies trial project in August 2016. AHURI are undertaking an independent evaluation of the program.

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    Posted Oct 16, 2017

    BYS’s 40th Anniversary

    On 6 October, Brisbane Youth Service celebrated our 40th Anniversary of supporting young people in Brisbane with a function at the Powerhouse attended by the Hon Shannon Fentiman MP, current and former staff and board members, friends and supporters.

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    Posted Oct 12, 2017

    BYS Video

    BYS is very proud to present you our new short film. In it youth workers and five extraordinary young people describe our day to day work, and the new futures that young people are creating for themselves. Many thanks to the staff and young people involved and to our very talented videographer, Ben Ashmole, who donated weeks of his time working on this lovely production.

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