Previously provided since 1988 under the Open Family umbrella, a separate structure now provides the outreach work in Canberra. YCC’s service provider is St John’s Care in Reid.
St John’s Care is an ideal 'fit' to continue our work in the Canberra community. Their hands-on, practical support for families and individuals in crisis puts their workers and volunteers in the front line. Their clients visit for food, clothing and other basic necessities. There are families among them, including young people at risk of homelessness. This gives our dedicated youth workers an early start to break the nexus between poverty, family dysfunction, drug and alcohol issues and homelessness.
Meet our outreach workers
Zack originates from Queensland but made the move to Canberra to start his career helping Canberra’s youth in need. He is YouthCare Canberra’s first full-time outreach worker and takes great pride in helping those who are brave enough to ask for it.
Before joining the YouthCare Canberra team, Zack was deployed as a soldier to Afghanistan with the Australian Army. After having a tough childhood himself, he knows what it is like to be at rock bottom and also what it is like to come back from it.
Zack tells the youth that he works with “your bad experiences can become your best experiences. These are your tools for greatness. Use them.”
Richie is a Canberra born and American bred 29 year-old who has recently made the move back to the Capital! He is the newest youth outreach worker to the YouthCare Canberra team who describes himself as having a Certificate 4 in Youth Work but a PHD in life experiences and streetology.
Richie started working at YouthCare Canberra as he is passionate about engaging with youth who are falling through the gap and helping them get their life back on track. One of his most rewarding experiences to date has been helping a youth who had started to go down the wrong path and needed some help.
“I want to be the best youth worker I can be, and help the youth that I come across in any way. I’m hoping that my story can hopefully help kids be inspired, make a change or just help them in their walk of life”, says Richie.