Youth Programs

STREAT is a food systems social enterprise that provides supported pre-vocational training and holistic personal support to young people aged 16-24 who need a hand. We do this through our youth programs, Taste of STREAT, Fast Track To Work, Paid To Work and the Parkville Cafe Program. Learn more about our approach.


A group of STREAT's youth programs team standing in a group, smiling, with a garden background.

In our latest video, our awesome youth programs team (pictured left) give you a tour of our Collingwood site, and explain more about STREAT’s range of programs for young people. You’ll see our garden, cafe, bakery, kitchen, youth space, therapy dog, Magic, the people who work at STREAT, and more.

Taste of STREAT

Taste of STREAT workshops are half-day workshops for young people interested in the Fast Track To Work program. The workshops provide young people and their workers with a taste of STREAT including making coffee, planting or picking herbs, and eating delicious pizza – all whilst learning about our programs, what the program involves and the employment opportunities available after graduation. These fun workshops are designed for young people accompanied by their worker. Download more information.

Fast Track To Work

Fast Track To Work is a supported 8-week program for young people facing barriers to employment who are seeking work in hospitality (cafes, restaurants, kitchens) or in horticulture (gardening, urban farming, landscaping, indoor plants). This program includes workplace experience, fun and interactive work readiness workshops, social activities and individual case support. Our work readiness curriculum covers topics like self-care, basic living skills, budgeting, healthy relationships, teamwork, emotional regulation, legal rights and interview skills. Find out more, or keep reading to learn about our Refugee Fast Track To Work program.


Paid To Work

Paid to Work is a 9-month program offering young people who complete our Fast Track To Work program an opportunity to transition into 20-25 hours a week of paid employment in hospitality or horticulture with our employment partners. Graduates who progress into Paid To Work receive intensive post-placement support from  STREAT’s Youth Transitions Team. They’re also paid award wages (or above), receive on-the-job training, and are often encouraged to continue employment with our partner employers once the formal program has completed. Find out more.

Parkville Cafe program

One third (30%) of STREAT trainees have had contact with the Youth Justice system. We operate the Parkville STREAT cafe, located in the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct. Young people come on day release to do training and gain valuable work experience in a real cafe. Our staff train young people from behind the wall in hospitality and work-readiness skills before they transfer out of custody to one of our Collingwood programs. Learn more about our programs.

refugee fast track To Work

Courtesy of funding from the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs, STREAT has expanded our highly successful Fast Track To Work program to welcome refugee and humanitarian entrants with low literacy or limited education. Refugee Fast Track To Work program will increase work readiness and employment opportunities for refugees and humanitarian entrants with low education or English language. As with all trainees, our goal is for young refugee and humanitarian entrants to feel they belong, with a healthy sense of self, home and work. This program prepares and equips trainees with the essential knowledge and skills to transition into the workforce with greater confidence and aptitude. Learn more.

A chef's hand is tipping chives into a pan of mushrooms, cooking on a gas stove.

STREAT is a child safe organisation.  

STREAT is a child safe organisation committed to promoting the wellbeing of children and young people with diverse backgrounds and a range of lived experiences. We are committed to being a safe and friendly space for children and young people while recognising, respecting and promoting their rights.

All people who conduct work for STREAT, paid or unpaid, are expected to act ethically to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. Download our child safety policy.