STREAT is a leading social enterprise with over a decade of experience supporting young people across Melbourne. Our purpose is to help young people thrive and belong with a healthy self, home and work. We respectfully acknowledge that every street we operate on is on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation. We will continue to honour this, to pay our respects to their elders past and present and to tread gently on their land. We are allies in their fight for justice and reconciliation.
WHAT WE DO
STREAT is nationally recognised as a leading social innovator, using its portfolio of social enterprises to build thriving people, places and planet. We’re passionate about giving young people the support and skills they need to reach their potential, and ensuring that they and their children have a healthy planet to call home.
We started as a tiny street food cart in 2010, but today have a portfolio of high-quality food businesses including cafes, kiosks, an artisan bakery, a coffee roastery, a catering company and farmers market stalls. All of our business profits are re-invested into providing holistic support and training pathways for our young people.
We provide marginalised young people with supported training and employment pathways into hospitality and horticulture. Behind the scenes our wonderful youth team (which includes a clinical and forensic psychologist, social workers, youth workers, employment specialists and our therapy dog, Magic) work individually with our young people to ensure they have all the support and care they need.
Does good for the planet
We’re passionate greenies and have a wide range of environmental activities in ecosystems and biodiversity, renewable energy, water usage and circular waste systems. In 2019 we declared a Climate Emergency and also kickstarted new training pathways for our young people into green jobs, starting with horticulture and urban farming.
We are advocates, advisors, researchers and changemakers, and are committed to generously sharing knowledge and collaborating with others to transition systems to be fairer and more regenerative. We believe this upcoming decade is particularly critical for all life on earth, and we’re committed to collaborating with others to bring about transformational changes. Whilst we’ve built our own scalable social enterprise model, this upcoming decade we’ll be spending even more time trying to superpower and grow our peers and other collaborative projects and organisations.
our 2040 vision
“Whilst I’m immensely proud of the work we’ve achieved in our first decade, we’re still just getting started as an organisation. This upcoming decade requires humanity to not just address a raft of intractable issues, but to transform whole systems at speed. And whilst we’ll maintain our focus on thriving people, places and planet, we’re wanting to do this work more collaboratively alongside other innovators and early adopters.”
CEO and Co-Founder of STREAT