Are you interested in finding out how you can contribute back to community organisations providing essential services in Hedland? Would you like to know what is in it for your organisation? Community recognition, exposure and branding not to mention the tax benefits!
The Youth Involvement Council (YIC) is a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) that has been delivering programs to at risk and disadvantaged youth since 1990 and operated even earlier than that as the East Pilbara Youth Council. We rely on funding from Government and Industry to continue operating but the reality is that we are constantly trying to source extra funds to deliver our programs.
Our main programs are summarised below.
Youth Accommodation Program (YAP)
Funded by Department of Communities
This program is run from a three bedroom house in South Hedland and can provide crisis accommodation for up to six homeless youth aged 15-25 at any one time. After intake they must enter into a support plan and be case managed by youth workers to gain direction and improve their future prospects. Strict conditions apply to secure ongoing accommodation.
YIC Youth Centre
Funded by Department of Communities
This program is a drop in centre that provides recreation, education and diversionary activities for young people aged 10-17. The centre operates six days a week with extended hours on the school holidays. Annual events such as Hedland’s Got Talent, NAIDOC and Christmas are also held at this venue.
Birds and Bees
Funded by BHP
This program is for young people aged 10-17. They meet weekly in their gender groups (Butterflies & Brotherhood) to participate in fun activities facilitated by youth workers. The ultimate aim is to build a good rapport with the groups and address teenage issues such as education, careers, community networks, bullying, sexual health, drugs and alcohol, family dynamics, relationships and any other relevant issues.
Mingle Mob Outreach
Funded by Dept Prime Minister and Cabinet, FMG and Town of Port Hedland
This program is designed to deliver three main components - Night patrols, Case Management and Linking youth with community events and sporting associations.
Mingle Mob program is receiving some funding from the local organisations listed above however this program is only capable of conducting limited night patrols until we secure more funding. The lack of the other two components means that we cannot provide the wrap around services desperately needed by these young people and the community we live in.
Funded by Community Crime Prevention Fund and FMG
This program is for young people under the age of 10, and has been designed to provide young people with activities at identified ‘Hot Spots’ within Port Hedland i.e Wanangkura Stadium, Parks in South Hedland, Skate Parks, Marquee Park and the JDYZ.
Your opportunity to support YIC
It has come to our attention that there are some businesses in town who would like to support us and we would like to give you the opportunity to do this. YIC has DGR status so any donations are tax deductible. Any amount is appreciated and you can be confident it is going to a great cause – supporting YIC to support vulnerable youth in our community.
The program that is struggling most is Mingle Mob and if you want to see first hand the strength, resilience, patience and passion that these workers have you can contact YIC to organise spending a night out with them. They actively identify youth on the streets and initiate engagements in places where young people feel it is their turf. This occurs well after most of us have left the office for the day and the job can be very confronting requiring initiative and quick decision making.
If you or your business would be interested in becoming a program sponsor please contact
Vicki-Tree on firstname.lastname@example.org .au or 0418 952 535