Youth Support Services

What do the Youth Team do?

We work to support young people aged 8-21 years in the North West corridor of Brisbane. Our services are targeted specifically at young people who are at risk of:
• disconnection from their family/community/support networks
• disengagement from school, training and/or employment
• harm, including self-harm
• homelessness

We focus on 4 key results, which are to help young people:
• connect to positive family support
• get a job or engage in training or education
• lead a healthy and violence-free life
• have a safe, stable place to live.

We address the needs of vulnerable young people using a variety of support strategies including 1:1 support; group work practices, early intervention and prevention targeted support.

Our service is funded by Queensland Government’s Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (DCSYW). Some guiding principles include:-
• Young-person centred but family focused.
• We believe in building a strong trusting relationship based on mutual respect and confidentiality (this means that the young person is our primary focus and we will respect confidentiality unless we believe the young person to be at risk of harm) whilst still encouraging connection to family or other support persons.
• Youth support is delivered without discrimination to all young people regardless of gender, sexuality, relationship status, ability or behaviour. Youth support workers respect the diversity of young people including their values, beliefs and experiences

Our catchment area is the North West corridor which includes suburbs of:-
Enoggera
Enoggera Reservoir
Everton Park
Ferny Grove
Keperra
Mitchelton
Upper-Kedron
Gaythorne
Grovely
Arana Hills
Everton Park

However, if a Young Person is connected to a school in our area, and we have capacity, we may be able to help.

For the funding year 2019-20 we have received funding from the Department of Defence under their Family Support Funding Program to assist Young People in our area who live in a household with a serving Defence family member, acknowledging the unique opportunities and challenges that Defence life can bring. We mainly deliver this service in partnership with local schools such as Mitchelton State High School, Albany Creek State High School and Everton Park State High School.

For more information about any of programs, please contact Vicki Jacobs, Youth Programs Manager on 3354255 or vicki@picabeen.org.au

 

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