Who Are We:
Gold Coast Youth Service Inc is a leading non-profit youth support and specialist youth support and youth homelessness organisation. Gold Coast Youth Service services the needs of marginalised, disadvantaged and homeless young people and their families, across the Gold Coast region.
Our professional and passionate team is governed by a Committee of Management who is committed to breaking the cycle of social disadvantage on the Gold Coast, and together we provide a range of services and activities to support our service users on their journey to self-realisation and independence.
Gold Coast Youth Service was formed at a public meeting in February 1980 after two Social Work graduates spent two months living in their cars and conducting a survey as to the need for such a service on the Gold Coast.
Originally the main focus of the agency was a street work program of five nights per week. The workers operated from one small room in Surfers Paradise and worked at a hectic pace. In 1989, after receiving a grant from Jupiter’s Casino Community Benefit Trust, GCYS was able to purchase premises in Oak Ave in Miami, in which we still operate today.
Janette Green, Matthew Clayworth, Erica Begelhole, Jill Moon
Chief Executive Officer:
No Wrong Door
The people who use our services are at the heart of everything we do.
Our core client group range in age from 12 to 25 years, we work closely with a range of government and non-government community and welfare services, as well as local businesses from across a range of service types, in supporting clients.
This collaboration enables a client directed and holistic approach in meeting client’s overall needs and enhances service provision across the Gold Coast region.
A Gold Coast city where young people are hopeful about their future valued and supported to realise their full potential.
To be a leading nonprofit organisation that
supports homeless and disadvantaged young people on the Gold Coast, making long lasting
and positive changes through:
Information and support
housing and tenancy support
Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF)
Social justice is about young people receiving a ‘fair go’ at the opportunities in life. It is about recognising that we are all different and respecting the inclusion and tolerance of all. The aim of the Gold Coast Youth Service is that young people’s rights are recognised, and that they are consulted in appropriate and meaningful ways and have the opportunity to participate in decision-making that affects their lives.