Youth Programs

STREAT exists to help young people who have experienced marginalisation, disadvantage and a range of barriers to employment. We aim to provide a sense of connection, safety and belonging to our young people. We want young people to thrive in all parts of their lives, and achieve a healthy self, healthy work and a healthy home.

Our Programs

We have various programs available to young people including our half-day Taste of STREAT workshop, our 8-week Fast Track To Work program, and our 9-month Paid To Work program.

what we aim for

Our aim for every young person who comes through our doors:


We want a young person to always feel at home at STREAT.


We want each young person to have a healthy mind and body, and to have access to the supports they need. We provide wrap-around support including individual case management, linkages to specialist services as needed (like drug and alcohol, mental health, justice, housing services), a group work readiness curriculum and social activities.


We want each young person to have a pathway full of learning and earning opportunities. We provide a range of hospitality and horticulture programs focused on gaining real work experience in real workplaces. We also provide workplace training and mentoring across STREAT’s inner Melbourne cafes, kitchens and partner horticulture sites. (When you buy food in our enterprises, 100% of the profits are reinvested into supporting and training our young people).


We want each of our young people to have a safe place to call home. We work with a wide range of Melbourne housing services to ensure our young people have safe, affordable and reliable housing. We also develop their independent living skills as part of our work readiness curriculum.

Meet Magic!

Magic is STREAT’s therapy assist dog and is consistently voted the most popular member of our team. She has a super power of making everyone feel welcome at STREAT, and is an essential part of our Youth Programs.

“Having Magic here, to talk to any time, is literally the best thing in the world.”

– STREAT trainee

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.