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Helping Logan People Thrive, not just Survive

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Youth and Family Services (YFS) is a not-for-profit organisation that backs vulnerable people in the Logan and surrounding area to overcome adversity and to thrive.

The idea for the organisation began in 1983 when the Christian Brothers in collaboration with Logan residents to establish a community in Kingston, supporting “at risk” young people and their families with accommodation, unemployment and children’s court matters.

By 1984, their Juvenile justice work with young people and their families led to the start of YFS and the truancy work resulted in the start of the Centre Education Programme (now an Edmund Rice Flexi School).

Led by Mick Devlin, YFS’ founder and first coordinator, they worked with local people to set up an organisation that would back young people who were getting into trouble with the law or struggling to stay engaged in school. Mick stayed on as the organisation’s coordinator until 1987.

Since then, YFS has been building people’s capacity to live independently and participate in our local community through social enterprises that build employment prospects, programs that help homeless people get into long-term housing, and our work to reduce the prevalence of domestic and family violence.

An example is the R4Respect and Men4Respect programs and Youth Ambassadors; which aims to prevent controlling and abusive behaviour at a young age as this can feed the cycle of domestic and family violence. Through R4Respect and Men4Respect, young people in Logan and surrounds support other young people to develop the values, knowledge and skills they need for respectful relationships.

The program and participants are supported by local businesses, organisations, community groups and government departments and in 2020 Men4Respect was awarded the Safe City Award from the Logan City Council for helping make Logan more welcoming, inclusive and safe.

For more information about YFS or their programs and services, visit their website https://www.yfs.org.au/ or call the YFS Connect team on 07 3826 1500. They are ready to help you find a service that best meets your needs.

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Emily Stack
Emily Stack
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