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Find out more about febfast

With a vision to provide ‘New Futures for Young People’, Brisbane Youth Service (BYS) has been operating in Fortitude Valley since 1977. In that time BYS have helped tens of thousands of young people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, and their accompanying children, enabling them to navigate life challenges and thrive in the community.

As well as helping vulnerable youth to secure and maintain housing, BYS also provide vital emergency support and a  range of services to assist young people to address physical & mental health issues, establish successful relationships & support networks and access pathways to education & employment.

Check out a couple staff profiles below and find out why they do what they do:

Jesse - Youth Worker

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What are you giving up for febfast and why?

I am giving up two things that I really LOVE – sugar and alcohol. I figure that it would be great to make a healthy start to 2017!!

For those who don’t know what a youth worker does, how would you explain your work?

My role at BYS is as a Drug Intervention and Rehabilitation Worker. I work with young people around making safe choices around drug and alcohol use and giving them the information and knowledge to make informed choices about what they put in their bodies. I’ve also worked for BYS as a Housing Support Worker where it was my job to support young people through their experiences of homelessness and hopefully support them to find and sustain stable accommodation.

What’s the best part about being a youth worker?

The AMAZING young people I get to meet and with whom I have worked over all the years in my various jobs. Some of my colleagues are pretty great as well (they would want me to say that!!)

Why is your work important to you?

There are so many young people who experience multiple levels of disadvantage, so it is really important to me that we support them to have a voice in the community and do what we can to break that cycle of disadvantage. I am very lucky to work in a job that I think has an incredibly important role in the community.

What inspires you?

The resilience, toughness and the great sense of humour that the young people who I am lucky enough to work with possess. (honourable mention to David Pocock and my Mum)

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about my Job!! I think I have one of the best jobs in Brisbane and it’s really great to be excited about going to work each day. I would hate being in a job where I dreaded going into work!

Why should Australians take on the febfast challenge?

It’s such a great and healthy way to start the year and as an added bonus you’re supporting one of the many fantastic not for profit organisations in the country. Organisations like ours work really hard to stand alongside and support some of the most vulnerable members of our communities! Show us your money!!!

Tell us about a memorable moment in your career with BYS.

Too many memorable moments to single out one but helping young people move into their first home after they’ve spent periods of time sleeping on the streets is definitely one of the coolest things that I get to do at work.

Phil - Youth Worker

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What are you giving up for febfast and why?

Sugar! Mainly because it seems easier than giving up alcohol!!!!

For those who don’t know what a youth worker does, how would you explain your work?

Youth workers need a whole range of knowledge and skills ‘cos we’re working with such a diversity of young people and sometimes complex life situations; but most importantly we can be there alongside young people as they grow their own strengths and become independent.

What’s the best part about being a youth worker?

Seeing good things happen for the young people we meet

Why is your work important to you?

Because it actually makes a difference to young people, which helps to make a better world for everyone

What inspires you?

Seeing young people grow and change by find their own confidence and abilities

What are you passionate about?

Providing non-judgemental physical and mental health services, and alcohol and drug treatment for young people

Why should Australians take on the febfast challenge?

The small things we give up for the febfast challenge will make a big difference to others

Tell us about a memorable moment in your career with BYS.

Helping to provide free ‘pop-up’ dental clinics for BYS young people, some of whom had never been to a dentist before in their lives!

Awhina - Admin Worker

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What are you giving up for febfast and why?

I will be giving up both alcohol and sugar for febfast to start off the New Year with a health kick.

For those who don’t know what a youth worker does, how would you explain your work?

My role at BYS as an administration worker involves greeting young people as they come into the service and organising appointments when required. I also send through calls and emails to the youth workers as I am one of the first points of contact for young people and other services.

What’s the best part about being a youth worker?

The best part about working at BYS in my role is the opportunity to meet and build relationships with young people and getting to watch them grow and achieve goals alongside the youth workers at BYS.

Why is your work important to you?

My work is important to me because even though I am not a youth worker, I work on reception and see young people every day when they come into BYS for appointments. I know that the work I do at reception and behind the scenes helps to support the youth workers and other front line staff in the work they do with young people.

What inspires you?

Making a positive impact in others’ lives.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about helping others to see that they are special and that they can rely on BYS to be a safe place. I am also passionate about respecting young people and treating them equally.

Why should Australians take on the febfast challenge?

febfast is a positive, healthy way to start off the year while knowing that all proceeds are going towards an organisation that works hard every day to support disadvantaged youth.

Tell us about a memorable moment in your career with BYS.

One special moment I can remember was when a young person came through the door with the biggest smile on her face telling me she had graduated high school. This was huge for her as it had been a hard year and she never thought she’d be able to get there, but she did :)

 

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