Youth Unemployment: Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets is coming to Logan


Chris Riley Youth Off the Street
Chris Riley
Youth Off the Street

An innovative youth unemployment agency will open its first-ever outreach centre in Queensland in Logan. And one of its first tasks will be to fight boredom. Youth off the Streets is highly regarded in New South Wales and was given $5 million by then-prime minister Julia Gillard earlier this year as part of the National Crime Prevention Fund. It is synonymous with its founder Father Chris Riley, who has grown the youth centre from a drop-in centre to a network of schools, youth centres and advice centres in NSW. Part of the $5 million from the NCPF allowed Youth off the Streets to move to Queensland and open its doors in Logan.  The Logan Central office will be the first of 10 similar centres operating outside NSW in two years. Father Riley is clear about what he will tackle in Logan. “Logan has one of the highest crime rates in Queensland and it is vital that we offer programs for young people to lure them away from criminal activity,” he said. “Logan is a high needs area because of its high crime and youth unemployment rate. “We know that these two indicators lead to boredom and boredom has become a catalyst for risk taking behaviour. “Our youth workers at Logan Outreach are really excited to be bringing fun activities to young people in the area, and are embracing the opportunity to learn more about the needs of local youth and how best we can support them in their journey to realise their full potential.” The director of Aboriginal Services at Youth off the Streets, Kathy McKenzie, said they have already begun work with Logan Police. “We’re now at a point where young people can start enjoying the services we offer and, in return, tell us what the needs and wants are of the local young people,” she said. Youth off the Streets has outreach programs in Blacktown and Doonside in western Sydney; Kurri Kurri and East Cessnock in the Hunter Valley; Bankstown in Sydney and Griff ith and Narrandera in rural NSW. Read more: Brisbane Times and to Read More about Youth off the Streets

Youth Unemployment and Long Term Unemployment Conference

The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2014, is a national conference focusing on at risk groups for Long-Term Unemployment | Mature Age | Youth | Indigenous | Disability | Regional . The conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise.  Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference is an initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, an incorporated non-government, not for profit organisation.

Long Term UnemploymentURL:  Ph: (61 7) 5502 2068 Fax: 07 5527 3298

Call for Papers is now open, we welcome abstract submissions on youth unemployment, training, employment initiatives and consequences of long term unemployment