About BYS

Since 1977, Brisbane Youth Service (BYS) has worked to create new futures for young people and young families at risk or experiencing homelessness.

We see the transformative power of early intervention every day, as the people we work with move out of crisis to thrive in the community.

Your donation can make a difference, ensuring young people, and their children, can access crucial supports when needed most.


Transforming your generosity into impact

Why we need you

Young people experience the highest rates of homelessness in the state and are being disproportionately impacted by the ongoing housing crisis. This is compounded by having limited access to resources, being a low priority for any available accommodation, and facing a significant shortfall in social housing.

Early intervention is crucial; it helps young people avoid slipping into a lifetime of homelessness. By providing timely support, we can set them on a path toward stability and brighter futures.

Our resources are stretched, but with your support we can continue to help the growing number of young people coming to our doors seeking help.

How your contribution helps

Your support helps ensure that Brisbane Youth Service can provide wraparound supports to keep young people, and their children, safe in their time of need.

Helping keep young people safe when in crisis

Emergency food and accommodation

Sometimes young people only need some food supplies from our pantry and emergency accommodation while they work out their next steps.

We help them access crisis accommodation, including termporary supported housing we operate. We also work with young people who might be struggling to find or maintain a tenancy.

After suport from BYS, there is a 95% decrease in young people living in unsafe housing.

Specialist DV support helps break the cycle of violence and homelessness

Specialist domestic and family violence supports

Family violence and intimate partner violence are leading causes of homelessness for young people in Australia.

73% of the young people we meet have experienced family violence.

Our Young Women, Families and Safe Relationships program provides specialist DFV supports to break the cycle of violence.

Young people in a crisis or serious violence situation drops by half after support.

Helping young people access critical physical and mental health supports

Physical and Mental healthcare

For a young person experiencing homelessness, continuinity of healthcare can be a real barrier to addressing mental and physical health concerns.

We provide a free, onsite medical clinic and a team of practitioners who provide support around primary health, mental health, alcohol and other drugs and psycho-social needs for vulnerable young people.

Young people report a 71% improvement in their mental health after support.

We love our community!

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Reidy House St Joseph's College, Gregory Tce

“In the College’s Catholic tradition, we are taught to respect the dignity of every person. Working with BYS allows us to put this lesson into practice.”

Since 2011, Reidy House has raised almost $40,000 for young people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.

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"A big part of our mission statement is to support good people doing great things. BYS do amazing and vital work, which we’re very proud to play a small part in. With our offices being so close, we see the impact the BYS team makes every day, inspiring us and reinforcing our commitment to our partnership to support in any way we can."

Flip’s Head of Strategy, Bryce Schneider, shared the team’s passion for supporting BYS.

Getting behind Daggy Jumper Day

With the help from BYS, I was able to move on in life as they helped me build the foundation to get me started in life. As a single mother with a 3 year old child, I now have a very secure job which I’ve had for almost 2.5 years, I secured private rental housing and I have a stable income. 

- Young person

Young mum now in safe and secure housing with three year old daughter

Annual Survey (2023)

What young people say about Brisbane Youth Service

Workers listen 

87% of young people told us that they are happy that workers listen to them and they have a say in their support at BYS.

Happy with support

When asked about their overall satisfaction, 83% of people were happy or super happy with BYS support.

More hopeful and safe

When asked what had changed in their lives since coming to BYS, young people surveyed said they feel more supported, more hopeful, happier and safer.

Would recommend BYS

Young people who completed the survey were very likely to recommend BYS to other young people.

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