Youth Programs

STREAT is a hospitality-based social enterprise that provides supported vocational training and holistic personal support to marginalised and disadvantaged young people in Melbourne. STREAT exists to make a difference to young people who face a range of barriers and disadvantage. We aim to provide a sense of connection, safety and belonging to our young people.

Our programs are open to marginalised, socially isolated or disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 24 who are in need of a supportive learning and work experience environment to get ready for work or study. We provide a compassionate and constructive social environment with new peers who are also keen to make positive change in their lives.

Young people in our programs come from a diverse range of backgrounds and situations and generally face multiple barriers to work/training, including: Recent arrival migrants and refugees, Early school leavers, Homeless, or at risk of homelessness, Living in Out of Home Care, Exiting, or have recently exited remand or have history of legal issues, Learning difficulties, LGBTIQ+, Disability, Mental health issue and Past substance abuse issues


Youth Programs

What We Offer

We offer young people a range of programs which can be completed individually or as a full pathway to gain more skills and confidence. All of our programs are client-centred, evidence based, integrated, flexible and are designed to wrap around a young person.  

We want our young people to thrive in all parts of their lives. We want them to feel a sense of belonging at STREAT, and know deeply that we’re here to help them achieve a healthy self, healthy job and a healthy home.


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


Healthy self

We provide wrap-around support including individual case management, linkages to other specialist service providers as needed (drug and alcohol, mental health, housing services), group work readiness workshops, and creative and social activities. 


Healthy Job

We provide a range hospitality programs including accredited certificate courses, work experience programs, and short courses. We also provide workplace training and mentoring for each young person across STREAT’s inner Melbourne cafes and production kitchen. As a social enterprise, STREAT reinvests 100% of its café profits back into supporting and training youth.


Healthy Home

We work towards our young people having a safe and long-term place to live through partnerships with a wide range of Melbourne housing services.

Youth Programs Courses


Over the last few years we’ve built a full suite of programs which can be done individually or as a full pathway as young people gain more skills and confidence:

Jobs Club

A weekly drop-in session for young people wanting individual assistance with looking for work (eg. resumes, cover letters, job search and interview techniques)

Taste of STREAT (Youth)

A half-day group workshop for young people contemplating STREAT's Fast-Track to Work program. It includes meeting the team, learning more about our youth programs, making pizza in our bakery, coffee in our roastery and maybe planting or picking some herbs.

Fast Track to Work

An 8-week supported work-readiness program for young people seeking employment in hospitality or horticulture (e.g. gardening, urban farming, landscaping, indoor plants). Fast-Track to Work requires about 18 hours per week time commitment (across 3-4  days) and includes real on-the-job work experience across multiple teams, fun interactive Work Readiness workshops, social engagement, individual case support and specialist referral. There are guaranteed employment opportunities for suitable graduates through our Paid to Work program!

This is an unpaid volunteer arrangement providing work experience and supported training for your benefit.

Paid to Work

A 9-month program offering graduates of our Ready to Work program an opportunity to transition into 20-25 hours a week of paid employment facilitated through one of our partner employers. Paid to Work includes 9 months of post-placement support from STREAT and provides over 1,000 hours of support and paid work for each young person.

Magic, STREAT's Therapy Dog

A typical week in STREAT's Ready to Work program

In a typical week our Fast Track to Work trainees will be involved in a group-based work readiness program. This includes work experience in any one of our cafes or production kitchen or gardens, group-based creative and social activities, or having individual support sessions with our Youth Program team (which might include working through major issues like housing, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health, legal). All programs are integrated, flexible and ‘wrap’ around a trainee.


Work Readiness modules

The group-based work readiness program has key modules on emotional management, problem solving, healthy relationships, communication, and conflict management. Working with our Youth Programs Team, trainees also develop their personal goals at the start of each program, and then a self-management plan which we use through-out their transition to open employment.


More information

For more detail, you can contact the Youth Programs team on:

Phone: (03) 9629 4222

If you want to visit with our team, it's best to make an appointment first.

If you’d like to apply for one of our courses, visit the "Apply" page (it's in the drop-down menu under "Youth"). 

Last but not least, you can join our mailing list (below) to keep up to date on our programs.  Every time we're starting a new Program we announce it through our mailing list.



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.  

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