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LIONS YOUTH EMERGENCY ACCOMMODATION CENTRE (PINE RIVERS) INC.(LYEAC)
A LIONS DISTRICT YOUTH PROJECT
Lions has a long and prominent history of providing community service, particularly with projects where the community at large, or those in real need, benefit. Lions District 201 Q3 is committed to ensuring young people are given every opportunity to succeed and our belief in the Lions Opportunity for Youth has been our motivation behind the establishment of Lions.
Youth Emergency Accommodation Centre (LYEAC). At LYEACs heart is the boundless energy and drive of a cluster of Lions Clubs and through their member commitment and support dedicated Lions ensure that LYEAC, year to year, meets its ambitious goals and objectives. LYEAC was established in 1991, incorporated 1994, to address specific accommodation issues facing young people in the Pine Rivers and Caboolture areas.
Located in Strathpine, the medium to long term facility was built specifically to provide up to 5 young people, aged between 11 and 17, experiencing placement difficulties within the states foster care system and on Child Protection Order, with safe and secure accommodation and related support services. The sole referring agency is the Queensland Department of Child Safety, Community & Disability Services.
Clyde House utilises a client centred approach in its service delivery including the shared development and implementation of individualized case plans.
LYEAC is responsible for all aspects of property management, fundraising and in conjunction with IFYS, ensures that the purpose and aims of Clyde House are maintained and its strategic direction is adhered to.
Youth Insearch runs one of the most successful youth intervention programs in the country. We work with at risk youth aged 14 to 20 supporting them to turn their disadvantages into their advantages, enabling them to reach their full potential. The program has a peer focus, on young people helping young people. Since 1985 the program has helped over 29,000 young people rebuild their lives, and assists around 1,000 young people per year across NSW, VIC & QLD. Youth Insearch is an independent charitable organisation and is not affiliated with any religious or political group.
To be available to every young person in Australia
To empower young people to take control of their lives, by giving them the opportunity and skills to develop their self-esteem and play a positive role in society.
Many young people in Australia today are impacted by problems stemming from poverty, broken & dysfunctional homes, domestic violence, sexual, physical & emotional abuse, death & grief and other traumatic events. As a consequence, they often struggle with education, employment, homelessness and mental illness, often turning to self-harm, suicide, drug & alcohol abuse, crime and violence. This has the potential to impact them long term, often into the next generation. There is a well-established need for programs that intervene early and assist at risk young people to improve their lives.
The solution has come from the young people themselves who with the founder devised the program in 1985. They identified their need to:
- Have the opportunity to talk about their issues and concerns in a truly caring and trusting environment.
- Be listened to and affirmed by their peers, thereby getting a sense that they are not alone (a crucial step for those contemplating suicide).
- Have the opportunity to gain insights into their own lives by listening to the experiences of others.
- Be part of the solution, empowering them to solve their own problems into the future.
Recognising that at-risk young people have diverse needs and multiple problems, the program takes a holistic approach dealing with a wide range of issues, with a focus on strengths and well-being. So while the principal target group is at risk young people, this means any young person may attend the program to increase their self-awareness, self-worth or to help others. In fact, the crossing of experiences is a valuable learning tool for all participants.