Youth Link is a not for profit organization based in Cairns Far North Queensland that provide a range of supports and services (link to services) for young people 12 to 24 years who are at risk, homeless or at risk of homelessness. We recognise that any young person may be deemed ‘at risk’ at some time in their lives and prioritise our resources accordingly. The programs and services at Youth Link, including ‘drop in’, are directed towards creating improved quality of life, health and accommodation outcomes for these young people.

History

Youth Link was established in 1990 as a response from the Burdekin Report on Youth homelessness.  this report is formally know as 'The National Inquiry into Homeless Children' by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.  This report highlighted the 'cause of homelessness.   It is concluded that as there are multiple factors impacting on homelessness, the response needed was a combined community approach, the beginning of a 'One Stop Shop' or a ' Youth Services hub'

Youth Link Mission Statement

To support young people in resolving their problems and determining their own futures by providing, free, a variety of support services that are delivered in a safe, non-judgmental and youth friendly environment.

 

Youth Links Ideology

Youth Link is based on socio-political philosophy which acknowledges that the impact of oppression often hinders young people from achieving their full potential. Whilst our primary focus is on the individual, Youth Link also acknowledges the influence of the broader community and the need to operate within this context.

We are committed to providing a service that recognises and promotes the worth and potential of every young person by providing opportunities for physical, social, emotional, mental well-being and development.