Young People's Stories

  • AJ

    AJ bounced from place to place sleeping rough, trying to find a home.

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  • Tyler

    At the age of 15 Tyler left his family home due to domestic violence and embarked on a difficult journey that eventually led him to Phoenix House.

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  • Tahi

    Tahi's journey has taken her from sleeping rough to resilient, independent mother. She now has a vision to work as a social worker to pass on the help she received to the next generation of young people.

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  • Simone

    Simone was in rehab and homeless, she felt she had no support until she was referred to an intake worker at BYS.

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  • Jess & Annie

    For most of us, a barbecue or a visit to the park are just a part of life but for Jess Taylor these outings are no easy feat. They’re big wins for the young mum who has been quietly carving out a place in the world for herself and her daughter, Annie, all the while finding her voice.

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  • Scovia

    When Scovia discovered she was pregnant she was scared, but when she found out she was having twins, she felt terrified.

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  • Aiden

    For a young person who has spent much of their life homeless, Aiden has a special skill; a small ritual that helps him start each new day on the right side of the bed.

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  • Zoe

    “Everything is different now, even just little things; the way I hold myself, the way I dress. Back then I wouldn’t wear makeup at all and now I’m the opposite – on the weekends, I do not leave the house without putting my face on! I’m sassy now and I have gotten a lot stronger inside.”

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  • Gypsy

    “Check out my new kicks!” Gypsy has a thing for shoes. A Queenslander “through and through”, she loves being near the water, “really wants a dog” and is a Virgo, a quality she describes as “the superior star sign”.

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  • David

    David has grappled with more challenges in his young life than most of us ever will. But in a little over 12 months, he’s bravely made his way from sleeping rough to living independently.

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