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Young People Ahead, locally known as YPA, is a not for profit community organisation in the rural and remote region of Mount Isa. YPA has been in operation for over 30 years, and as such, has a long and proud history working with youth and their families in the region.
YPA is 100% funded by the Queensland, with some seed funding coming from the Federal Government. The organisation auspices 3 major services;
These services cater to providing assistance and support to young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, those engaging in volatile substance misuse, young people in contact with the criminal justice ssystem, and lastley providing semi to transtional independent living support and accommodation in housing and or units.
Young People Ahead Youth and Community Services Inc, is a diverse and multicultural organisation which employs over 15 staff, and who accomplish amazing work with the young people not only in Mount Isa, but also helping those in outlying communities.
Due to the North West of Queensland's demographic location, a high proportion of clients identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and YPA is proud to say that our programs are culturally appropriate, sensitive and accessible to all, and has done so throughout its 30 years since being established.
YPA operates from a strengths based approach and believes young people and their families are their own ‘experts of change’. We empower young people. families and communities alike to make positive changes and provide opportunities and promote individualism and capacity to lead happy and productive lives.
YPA also works prides itself in not working in isolation, and that is takes a community to address the many social issues and needs, which is why we work in collaboration with other local organisations and government agencies to provide the best outcomes for all young people, their families and the whole of whole to bring about positive changes now and well into the future.