Young People's Stories

  • 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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  • Yazmine

    Things are looking up for Yazmine, living in a new apartment with her beloved little dog, she is confident about her independence for the first time.

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  • Aluel

    Nine years ago, Aluel came to Australia from South Sudan with her family. At eighteen, she left home, seeking practical support from BYS to establish an independent life, then things got scary…

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  • Rachel

    Rachel has found her voice. After years of homelessness and hardship, learning to speak for herself is something she takes pride in.

    She’s always written poems and prose, but now Rachel is able to tell her own story.

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  • Ray

    Anyone experiencing the noise and bustle of Fortitude Valley knows how overwhelming it can be.

    Someone living with a sensory disorder-where lights, noise, even the feel of clothes on the body can be overwhelming-would have to persevere to spend time there. Ray has such a disorder, but persists with visits to the Hub, and even lives nearby. So it’s not surprising Ray claims the attribute of persistence as a strength.

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