The transition from childhood is not always smooth, particularly when various personal and social issues enter the mix. Not all young people enjoy the same support structures, opportunities or community connectedness.
And not every young person makes the right decisions. Your donation assists Mission Australia to reach out to vulnerable youth with a range of programs.
Each night, young people under the age of 25 make up 43% of the 105,000 homeless Australians. 1
Last year alone we supported 20,894 young people through 77 youth services.
Our young people continue to struggle; more than a quarter (26%) of people aged 16–24 years have a mental disorder, including anxiety, effective and substance use disorders. 2
We support at-risk youth, supporting them to stay at school, or assisting them with work-ready skills. We provide residential rehabilitation and treatment programs for young people battling addiction.
We address the underlying cause of a young person’s offending behaviour before they become entrenched in the youth justice system.
We provide homeless youth with an alternative to nights spent on the street and counseling to overcome their problems.
Donations like yours help us stand together with Australian youth, building their self-esteem as they move towards independence and full participation in Australian society. It’s donations like yours that help us make a difference.
Thank you for choosing to donate. By adding to our fundraising efforts you’re making a difference in the lives of youth across Australia. All donations are tax deductible, you can donate online through credit card, direct debit or pay pal.
1 ABS. 2008. National survey of mental health and wellbeing: Summary of results. Cat. No. 4326.0. Canberra: ABS
2 Chamberlain, C and MacKenzie, D (2008) Counting the Homeless 2006, Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Catalogue No. 2050.0
Because of charitable donations we receive from people like you we can continue to help Australia’s youth. This is the story of homeless teenager Brianna*.
Domestic violence and homelessness
We first met Brianna three years ago, when she was just 17 years-old. Brianna had been the victim of years of escalating domestic violence at the hands of her father. At an all-time low Brianna escaped her father and moved between friend’s houses, unsure of where this new life would lead her. Brianna had been homeless for three weeks before being referred by local police to Mission Australia’s The Grove Youth Outreach & Support Service (formerly known as Lemongrove Lodge).
Help and support for a struggling youth
From day one Brianna was determined to do better for herself and increase her opportunities to ensure she never becomes like her mother and father: drug addicts who have been incarcerated. She was so sure she would do whatever she had to do to never be in another position where she could become homeless and at risk.
By offering Brianna stable accommodation, support and guidance, and through Brianna’s own perseverance and resilience she completed her Cert 2, 3 and a diploma through TAFE in Community Services. Three years on Brianna is now 20 years old and has recently been accepted into University to complete her Bachelor of Social Science to further her education.
Thank you for choosing to donate. By adding to our fundraising efforts you’re making a difference in the lives of Australians in need. All donations are tax deductible, you can donate online through credit card, direct debit or pay pal.
*Names and images have been changed to protect the privacy of people we help.
Our promise to you
Mission Australia has been helping people move towards independence for more than 155 years, and our commitment to this vital work has never been stronger.
Thanks to your support, together we helped 131,015 people in 2016 by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies, and much more.
More than 86% of our income goes straight back into delivering services that assist vulnerable Australians.
We appreciate every single donation we receive, and ensure that every dollar goes where it is needed most.