STREAT strives to create goodness in four key areas:
- People – maximising our social footprint for young people, customers, stakeholders and staff.
- Places & planet – minimising our environmental footprint.
- Performance – a sustainable social enterprise leader running a portfolio of efficient, effective and innovative businesses.
Young people who belong and are thriving with a healthy self, home and job.
Youth homelessness and disadvantage are hard to swallow. That’s why STREAT works with others like you to stop it, one mouthful at a time. Together we offer disadvantaged youth aged 16-25 a supported pathway from the street to a sustainable livelihood.
10 Year Goal
We're striving to help a young person every single mealtime by 2022. That's one meal, one life. That's three youth a day, or 1095 youth each year.
- Discover – We believe in lifelong learning and discovery
- Create – We tackle problems with imagination and passion
- Nourish – Our meals nourish both our customers and youth
- Connect – We bring ideas, individuals and communities together
- Voice – We speak up
- Sustain – We strive for sustainability in all our activities.
- 105,000 people are homeless in Australia (1)
- 44,000 are young people aged under 25 years. (2)
- The average age a young person flees home escaping family violence is 10 years old. (2)
- The personal cost of being homeless is extraordinarily high
- With homelessness comes lower educational outcomes, lower income earning capacity, poor health, mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependency, participation in crime and resulting justice consequences and incarceration, social exclusion and alienation.(3) In short, homelessness prohibits young people from reaching their potential.
- Homelessness is a terminal diagnosis. Instead of enjoying 82 years of life like the average Australian, the life expectancy of a young person experiencing homelessness is reduced to 47 years. (4)
- The economic cost to the community is also high
- The current cost of a young person remaining homeless across their life is $706,264. (5)
- The economic costs include direct specialist homelessness service costs, welfare benefits and higher income support payments, lost taxation or lower taxes, increased costs of health, mental health, drug and alcohol, justice, child protection and eviction costs. The long-term economic impacts include productivity, available workforce and economic growth. (3)
- Young people experiencing homelessness are desperate to get a job.
- The majority of young people experiencing homelessness will leave school before Year 10 with no formal education. 57% of these youth are destined for long term unemployment.
- Despite this, over half of all young people experiencing homelessness (52%) are looking for a job. The major reasons they can’t get one is because they don’t have the skills or education and they can’t get work experience. (3)
STREAT changes the menu for these young people.
(1) Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census Data (2011) (2) The Costs of Youth Homelessness (2014), Swinburne University (3) The Real Cost of Youth Homelessness in Australia, Swinburne Institute for Social Research (2012) (4) Homelessness: A Silent Killer (2011) (5) Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, The Cost of Homelessness and the Net Benefit of Homelessness Programs: A National Study, 2013.