Stop homelessness the delicious way

STREAT is a social enterprise that provides homeless youth with the life-skills, work experience and training they require to start a career in the hospitality industry. Our Melbourne based cafes, catering and coffee roasting businesses provide the venues (and some of the funds) needed to support these amazing young people.

Take a look at our opening times and locations, and pay us a visit! According to our customers, you’ll find our food and coffee is actually delicious!

Or, if you prefer, shop on-line and we will deliver you some more goodies!

STREAT’s founders, Rebecca Scott and Kate Barrelle, were inspired by KOTO, a training program and restaurant providing street youth with job opportunities in Vietnam. They kick-started STREAT in 2010 with two small food carts in Melbourne’s Federation Square and a class of nine trainees. STREAT has grown rapidly and now sold around 500,000 meals and coffees and provided almost 5,000 days of training and work experience to over 100 local street youth. Many have gone on to further education or found their first job. Two trainees from that first class are now fully qualified Chefs in Melbourne.

STREAT also recently won a national award for being Australia’s Most Innovative Social Enterprise.


STREAT’s Youth Programs are accepting referrals!

We are taking referrals for both Part 1 and Part 2 now
Part 1 commences on the 17th November, and Part 2 in early 2015

Main Course Program

Main Course is a two-part supported program including workplace training and mentoring, a life skills group program, creative and social engagement, individual support and referral.
Part 1 is 3 days a week for 10 weeks and includes a Certificate I in Vocational Preparation. 

Part 2 is 3-4 days a week for 20 weeks with an optional Certificate II in Hospitality.  

We accept applications year round - 

Entree Program

The Entree program is for young people wanting to access work experience (in hospitality), and is a great way to give STREAT a try before committing to our Main Course program.
Entree can assist young people who are job hunting or have work experience requirements for another course that need to be met. Young people can start an Entree program at any time and it is provided at no cost -

Taster Program

STREAT's Taster programs are for groups of 10-12 young people referred by a school or organisation. They are 2-3 hours duration, focused on coffee, and are a great hands-on introduction to STREAT’s programs.

Tasters run once a month and are provided at no cost to eligible participants - 

If you support young people who may be interested in our programs, we’d love to hear from you. We’re also happy to visit your organisation and discuss our programs with you and your team. 

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Kind Regards,
Kirsten, Tara + Emma
Youth Programs Coordinators