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Find out more about febfast

Swan City Youth Service is a not-for-profit organisation providing services to “at risk” young people between the ages of 12-25 across Perth.

We endeavour to deliver a one-stop shop for young people who find life a challenge. We deliver a holistic program for our young people and bridge the gap between service delivery for those with drug and alcohol issues and mental health concerns. We provide counselling, court support, assistance in finding accommodation, navigation through the Centrelink system, mental health support, substance use support, advocacy and referral, dependant on the young person’s needs.

Our programs and services allow young people to access a welcoming, safe space and work to their own needs at no cost. They can come and have a shower, grab something to eat, use the computers, gaming equipment or music studio or simply relax with their friends on the couches and watch a DVD.

We are a service that provides opportunities for young people where there hasn’t been and we are grateful to febfasters for their support in making some of these vital activities available to Perth’s youth.

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

Chrystie - CEO

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What are you giving up for febfast and why?

Alcohol – we all have a tendency to lean towards unhealthy coping mechanisms at times.  Just because one is legal and the other isn’t doesn’t make it any better for you or any less damaging within society as a whole. There’s a fine line between substance use and addiction whether it’s drugs, chocolate or alcohol. Many of the issues young people face around addiction have been created by us as a society as to what is and isn’t acceptable. Giving up alcohol or something for the month of February gives us insight into the struggles others face.

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

Youth Work is about seeing the young person for who they are and not where they’ve come from or what they’re doing at the time you meet them. It’s about helping them to believe in themselves and their potential and walking them through the journey to achieving their goals. Knowing that they have someone they can rely on who never gives up on them.

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

It’s the privilege of working with such a diverse group of young people. Knowing that you have the opportunity to change a young person’s life and make a real difference to their future. Waking up every day doing a job you love!

Why is your work important to you?

It gives hope where there is no hope. It provides an avenue of possibilities to a young person that is lost and the confirmation that they do not have to be or become what their past dictates to them they should. The provision of hope and the belief in a better future for them through helping them discover their true potential.

What inspires you?

The resilience of the young people we work with. Sometimes you hear a young person’s story and you think “how the hell are you still alive and functioning?” It’s their determination to survive and accept each other regardless of their backgrounds, to support and hope for a better future for each other. Every day I am inspired by the young people we work with and their ability to smile and look at the positive regardless of the challenges they are facing.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about seeing young people discover their potential and their place in this world, becoming the best version of them they can possibly be.

Why should Australians take on the febfast challenge?

When working with young people you get one brief moment to potentially change the direction that young person’s life takes for that day. With the young people we work with that can at times, literally be the difference between life and death in providing hope where there is none. By supporting Febfast they are helping change the lives of young people.

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

Receiving a visit from a young person I have worked with for the past 7 years earlier this year. She came to the service at the age of 16 a chronic self-harmer, alcoholic, and so lost in life that she was constantly in and out of emergency for suicidal attempts. Over-time she graduated to using Ice and continued to lose herself and her confidence in the process. Over the last 7 years we have seen her through 15 admissions into detox, 4 admissions to residential rehab and several admissions to psychiatric units.

It’s the persistence and relationship that was formed in that 7 year journey that now sees her blossoming into the young woman she was born to be. Walking alongside her and supporting her when no other person or service would, providing chance after chance and not giving up.

Now as a 23 year old visiting earlier this year, she has completed her Certificate in General Education II at SCYS, lives with her boyfriend in the hills, works full-time and is loving it, has saved and bought her own car and has obtained her license with the assistance of SCYS, completed a three month residential rehab program and maintained accommodation with them for 6 months after, maintains engagement for support, plays guitar and sings now and is looking at studying Youth Work. She has been off the drugs now for 2 years with no self-harming and no suicidal attempts. She came earlier in the year to thank us for giving her her life back.

Ray - Youth Worker

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What are you giving up for febfast and why?

Chocolate.  It’s the easier of the options for me

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

I would say that my main goal is to walk alongside young people and support them in areas they need help in. To offer them a different angle or way of looking at a situation or crisis they are facing, and point them in a better direction for where they want their life to go.

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

To be honest its getting paid to do something that I would do for free, but don’t tell my boss that, I’ve still got billsJ I love my job and the privilege of being able to help guide young people to where they want to be.

Why is your work important to you?

It’s about making a difference and as cliché as that may sound something as small as a conversation with a young person can make the world of difference to them and their life. It’s also important because for some of them, you are literally all they have?

What inspires you?

God, family, music, food, people, arts, clothes, shoes and I guess everything else in between. Helping young people to achieve their dreams and goals.

What are you passionate about?

People, I guess that’s why I got in this job.  For me it’s about being a blessing and a light to others who are in need. To me at the end of the day it’s about people. I’m passionate about music, my family, my culture and assisting young people in following and discovering their passions.

Why should Australians take on the febfast challenge?

Why not? It’s such a cool idea getting the community involved to help bring awareness of the issues around addiction that young people face. It also helps me from eating chocolate for a month.

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

I have many, but if I would have to say it’s been the music program and the success it’s had over the last 4 years. We have completed 4 Mixtapes, had countless performances and have young people come from all over Perth on Tuesdays to record at our studio. The Febfast Music Program has provided an avenue for young people to discover themselves, their potential and tell their story through music. We have had so many individuals come through the program that have had amazing outcomes and achieved more than they ever thought possible for themselves.

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