Register to take a pause from alcohol, sugar or something of your choice and then get others to sponsor you. Every dollar raised funds vital support for disadvantaged young Australians.
As well as bringing you febfast each year, Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) is Victoria’s leading youth-specific community service organisation with a vision of a world where all young people are valued, included and have every opportunity to thrive.
YSAS is committed to putting young people first and in 2016 alone, has enabled over 8000 individual young people experiencing serious disadvantage to access the resources and support required to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
Check out a couple of YSAS youth worker profiles below and find out why they do what they do and how your fundraising helps them to do more.
I created a list years ago with a bunch of golden rules on how I want to operate within my life. It ranges from things like “always be clear and upfront about what you want”, to “get some sunshine every day”. I shared it with a young person one day after they had had an absolutely horrible day – they had come so far in the past 6 months and this one day threatened to bring it all undone.
After reading my list they pulled out their pen and added to it: “give credit where credit is due”. For some reason, that’s always sat with me as something so special. I can’t really explain why, but if you knew the background of this person and their relationships with people it was just a powerful moment.
I’ve always made sure that good work goes recognised after that – in a work perspective and my personal life. How often do you tell someone when they have done well? I think we focus too much on the bad sometimes.
My work basically means I get to hang out with young people every day, many of which inspire me. I get to play a part in the bigger picture of their life and support them to achieve their goals. Having stumbled my way out of an incomplete law degree, I had no idea what I wanted to do with myself when I was younger. After a week of working in a youth work setting, I knew I would be doing it for the rest of my life. It’s given me purpose, passion and allowed me to support a cause much greater than myself.
The best part of my work is meeting people who inspire, educate and change my perspectives on things. Meeting such strong people who have faced adversity daily is such a grounding experience. I’m so inspired by the people who have faced extreme adversity and can still find a smile.
This febfast, I’ll be giving up all technology, I feel as though a month to reconnect with the physical word, as well as reading and writing, would be really beneficial and for a great cause! I think febfast is a great opportunity for all Australians to to break the mould of day to day life. Patterns are great, however complacency in these patterns limits creativity, drive and desire to try new things.
The human experience is about a world that transcends comfort zones and social norms, the moments in which we learn the most about ourselves are when were placed in positions we are unfamiliar with. One month of giving up a vice, or trying something socially conscious seems like a pretty sweet deal to play a part in helping so many people.