Youth Support Service (YASS)

Young People 15 - 25 years (Moretone Bay) & 15 - 19 years (Brisbane)

Greater Brisbane, Redlands, Caboolture, and Sunshine Coast

About YASS

YASS works with young people aged 15-25 (Moretone Bay) & 15-19 (Brisbane) who are homeless or at risk of homelessness or require additional support to their legal issues. The team is based in Brisbane and Caboolture but travels to where young people are. YASS can help:

  • find somewhere to live – now and in the longer term
  • help young people develop the skills they need to live independently
  • support young people who are transitioning from homelessness, detention, youth justice and the child protection system and help engage with legal supports
  • work out a young person's goals and how to achieve them
  • ensure young people are heard
  • court support, including when young people are the victim of a crime and giving evidence
  • provide information, referrals and short-term intervention through supportive engagement in various outreach locations

Youth Court Assistance Program (YCAP)

YCAP is a court support program that identifies and responds to court related social support needs on Children’s Court days at several court locations. YCAP helps to:

  • ensure young people have legal help and understand the court process
  • identify any social support needs of the young person

provide information and referrals in relation to bail support, homelessness and any other issues which may contribute to the young person’s involvement with the justice system

Why we provide Youth Support

Research provides evidence of a clear link between homelessness and risk of interaction with the criminal justice system – both as cause and effect - as well as mental health and substance use problems. 

Having a safe and reliable place to live is vitally important to mental well-being and is critical to ensuring young people have the foundations and opportunities to flourish. 

Partnerships

PIEEC

YAC's outreach in the Moreton Bay and Bribie Island area is completed in partnership with PIEEC.

Pumicestone Indigenous Education and Employment Council Inc (PIEEC), established for the Indigenous community in Pumicestone region. PIEEC will support & represent Indigenous students, families, through advocacy, cultural promotion and activities, inclusion, education and linking with employment opportunities, in the Pumicestone electorate which encompasses the schools; Bribie Island State School, Banksia Beach State School, Bribie Island High School, Caboolture State School, Caboolture State High, Beachmere State School and Pumicestone State School and the Private Education institutions.

PIEEC membership comprises of Indigenous Parents, Carers, kinship family, Elders and supportive community members. PIEEC will become the essential link between community and government stakeholders i.e Education Queensland, Federal Department for Education, Employment. Training and Skills, providing advice to both local, federal and state levels on strategic policy development and reform.

PIEEC will be the hub that Parent/Careers, community members can approach to seek other services to link with in the local Pumicestone region and the broader services delivering support for Indigenous students, families and communities.

YAC and PIEEC Naidoc celebration at Bribie Island

YASS can help:

  • Find somewhere to live
  • Achieve your goals
  • Give you support where needed

To get started, contact us on (07) 3356 1002.

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Contact YAC

Street address: Level 4, 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane Q 4101

Mailing address: Level 4, 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane Q 4101

Tel: (07) 3356 1002

Bussiness hours: 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri

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