At StreetWork we seek to give at-risk youth the same opportunities as their peers. To grow, to achieve their dreams and to develop as a person with high self esteem.
We provide one-on-one mentoring in a bid to break the cycle of destructive influences and behaviours and help them turn their lives around.
Our mentoring approach is our main asset, but our expertise in case management, our large base of dedicated volunteers and the strategic location of our branches are also critical to our success.
We currently focus our efforts on supporting the communities in Sydney's north, with branches on the North Shore and Northern Beaches. But we have plans to expand even further.
While mentoring is our focus, for success we must also address damaging influences and behaviours we encounter along the way. This can require specialist resources or skills; whether its a critical issue like mental health or a practical need like accommodation. For these specialist needs, our youth workers call in partner service providers and manage the process to ensure the teen gets the help they need. This case management approach enables us to to address the whole person while keeping our own resources focused on the mentoring capability that is so critical to the turnaround.
Our deep connections into the communities where we work enable us to draw on a large base of skilled volunteers.
They staff many of our outreach programs, our fundraising and provide valuable back office support.
As a result, over 80% of the funds we raise go straight into funding the salaries of the skilled youth workers who are our core front-line resource.
StreetWork operates branches in hub suburbs, where teens gather for fun and where key government, business, church and community groups are based. This allows us to easily connect with teens at risk, support referral sources like the Police or courts and to access the services of partner charities. These hubs are also a great place to connect with local businesses, community groups and churches who give valuable funding and volunteer support.
Expanding our Reach
Our current mission reaches the communities of Willoughby, North Sydney, Lane Cove, Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby, the Northern Beaches and Ryde. We have a unique and special model that we would like to extend to help as many at risk teens as possible. So we are working with neighboring communities on expansion plans. Our plan is to expand organically from our current branches, likely to the north and north west, where we already have strong community connections. If you believe you can contribute to bringing StreetWork to your area, please get in touch with our CEO Helen Banu.