Social Impact

YMCA Social Impact has a strong commitment to bettering the lives of the disadvantaged in our community. We exist to serve people’s needs and to provide a real opportunity for them to reach their full potential in body, mind and spirit. Our diverse range of programs are designed to have a sustainable, positive impact for everyone involved.

Our Impact

Schools' Breakfast Program

Healthy Starts for Healthy Futures
The YMCA is passionate about giving students the best opportunity to start their day on the right foot. Every young person deserves a nutritious meal in the morning to ensure they’re ready to give it their all in the classroom. Our YMCA Schools' Breakfast Program provides more than 700,000 free breakfasts every year across South East Queensland in the greater Logan, Ipswich, Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast areas.
4,000,000 +
breakfasts served since 2006
110
schools participate
8500
students impacted
370
volunteers

YMCA Vocational Schools

Journey to Employment
Our schools give students a real opportunity to make the most out of their education, equipping them with life skills and certifications essential for future employment. We currently have five YMCA Vocational schools campuses across South East Queensland. Our campuses are located in Ipswich, Kingston (2), Acacia Ridge and North Lakes.

YMCA staff care and their impact on our students is shown through results.
441
students are enrolled across our campuses
40
work experience placements
72%
of students graduated in 2018

The power to choose a different path

Amanda, a regular at The Space, had a traumatic childhood that led to strained family relationships and disengagement from school. Amanda’s troubles grew when she began using substances and became homeless.

Upon learning about her circumstances, staff at The Space immediately provided free case work to support her. The team identified the issues she was facing and worked to address them. Amanda received drug and alcohol counselling. She also began family therapy. The Space helped her search for employment, and Amanda now works casually. She has since moved back home and there has been growth in her family relationships.

Although she still continues to receive support from The Space, Amanda’s life is increasingly more stable. The Space’s care and guidance gave an at-risk young person a real opportunity to choose a different path.

Community Centres

Journey to Making a Contribution
Our Community Centres provide at-risk youth with a safe and welcoming environment to socialise, connect and receive the support they need. Our community hubs at Acacia Ridge, North lakes, and Springfield Lakes have embedded schools within them, providing young people with:

- Creative programs, including art, dance, and music
- Specialised case work
- Events and forums
- Spaces for local groups to hire

All young people are welcome at our Community Centres.
108
children and young people visit our centres each week
17
events and forums were hosted in 2018

LEAP

Journey to Inclusion
The YMCA Social Impact LEAP Program aims to support people with a disability reach their full potential and live the life they want to lead. LEAP stands for learn, empower, achieve, and participate. The LEAP program currently operates in three locations – Aspley Special School (OSHC), Mitchelton Special School and YMCA Warwick Indoor Recreation Centre (WIRAC).
27
current participants
120
hours of programmed support provided each month
3 -61
average age of participants

School Based Mentoring

Journey to Flourishing Mental Health
YMCA School-Based Mentoring aims to improve young people’s mental health. The program matches young people with adult mentors who facilitate emotional, psychological and social development by building a positive and transformative relationship.

While our primary focus is on the young people, the program also provides volunteer Youth Mentors with opportunities for professional and personal development. Join our volunteering program today.
109
mentoring sessions held in 2018
330+
students assisted
49
volunteers help us make this happen

A Real Place to Call Home

YMCA Social Impact is passionate about supporting our young people who need it the most. Michelle was a senior student at Kingston Vocational School when the YMCA first learnt about her dire living situation. She would come to school cold and hungry as she was living out of a caravan with no window panes or access to power. The YMCA helped Michelle apply for the Department of Housing Waitlist and she was offered a studio unit in Nerang as soon as a vacancy opened at YMCA Affordable housing.

The YMCA’s assistance has had a major positive impact on Michelle. She now has a real place to call home, something she hasn’t had since she was a small child. Michelle says she feels safe and secure in her new accommodation, and she is very thankful to the YMCA and for providing her with this opportunity. The YMCA’s support allowed Michelle to stay in school, breaking the cycle of disadvantage and giving her a real opportunity to make the most out of her education.

Affordable Housing

Journey to Making a Contribution
The YMCA recognises there is a strong need for sustainable, affordable housing in our community. YMCA Social Impact has two properties, Melville Place and Nowell B Taylor House, to provide affordable housing for community members. The two facilities have 109 housing units combined.

We aim to create an inclusive community atmosphere and increase tenant connections through various social and recreational activities like community BBQs and markets.

Every Sunday a group of tenant volunteers run a Harvest Market. Volunteers receive training in food handling in nutrition, redistributing food supplied by a food rescue organisation to other tenants so they can access free produce.
97%
occupancy rate
12
community BBQs
48
sunday markets

Volunteering

We would not be able to make the impact we do without the team of dedicated volunteers that work with us across our programs. We highly value our volunteers’ time, passion, and contribution.
370
people volunteer for our School's Breakfast Program
80%
of our volunteers report being extremely satisfied
100%
of our volunteers felt encouraged to take a lead role
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