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Auburn Youth Centre

AYCafe @ Auburn Youth Centre


For 32 years Auburn Youth Centre (AYC) has been providing support to disadvantaged youth of Western Sydney. In 2019 AYC supported 1016 young people aged 12 -24. Over 55% of young people supported were born overseas, coming from 56 different countries. 42% of participants were young woman.

Our area is one of the most disadvantaged being in the poorest 15% of areas for socio economic disadvantage in NSW. Youth disengagement is 46% higher than the average for Greater Sydney. 1 in 8 young people aged 15 - 24  are neither working or undertaking education. 

AYC has created a training kitchen and cafe, simply named AYCafe. AYCafe is staffed by youth trainees supported by experienced and qualified supervisors and youth workers. It is a functioning cafe that sells affordable meals. It is also a personal development project. Unemployed young people are provided free certified training, language support, emotional guidance and practical experience that will lead them into work in the hospitality Industry. The barriers of language, culture, trauma and poverty being addressed through employment training in a community support setting. Our job networks can't do what we do. So far we have helped 58 young people into work.

Our big dream for the next 2 years is to have a self-sustaining café, however COVID-19 has made this a difficult time for our Cafe. Our goal remains to support over 3000 young people and their families, whether this be through free/affordable meals or through work training and placement. To do this we need community support as our income has vanised over the last 3 months. We need money to pay for certified training. Money to pay for the supervisors to oversee the cafe opening 6 days a week. We also need uniforms and ingredients.

With your help to get through the 2020 we believe we can turn our business into  a sustainable program in 2021. Your donation will help us achieve this goal and to help disadvantaged youth find work.

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Wyatt Park Sports Complex Church St


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Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.