Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS)

  1. About this service

    YSAS recognises that young people may experience a number of problems simultaneously. Youth alcohol and other drug workers are trained and experienced in dealing with a range of complex problems including: alcohol and drugs, legal matters, relationship issues, primary and mental health issues, homelessness, physical and sexual abuse and family breakdown.

    YSAS Sunshine offers the following programs for young people:

    Youth Forensic Outreach - The Forensic Youth Outreach Team works to support young people aged 12-21yrs who are experiencing significant problems with their alcohol and/or drug use and who are linked in with the Justice System. 

    Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) - The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) works with African Born young people aged 12-25 yrs who experience problematic substance use. Frequently this work includes supporting young people facing family violence and other complex relationship issues, homelessness, immigration issues, and justice related issues.

    Reach Out Program - The Reach Out Program works with vulnerable young people (12-25yrs) with substance use issues who are currently or have engaged with Child Protection, are transitioning from out of home care to independence, are linked with services such as Youth Justice, Family Violence, Homelessness, Mental Health and local youth services.

    Youth Support Service - Youth Crime Prevention – This program responds directly to police referrals for young people 10 to 17 exhibiting offending behaviours. Service response adopts client centred and family inclusive approach which includes diversion activities, restorative conversations and goal setting to avoid future offending.

    MHAP – Mental Health Access Project - A partnership with Co-Health to operate a mobile health service offering outreach support to young people with an AOD focus. Located in the LGAs of Brimbank, Wyndham and Melton.

    LYFT – Linking Youth and Families Together  - A partnership with Anglicare and Odyssey aimed at engaging with CALD young people and their families. Two main cultural groups targeted are young people from African and Pasifika backgrounds. 



      • Service name

        Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS)

      • Service address

        Visy Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Road Sunshine, VIC 3020
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      • Phone

        9091 8200

      • Urgency levels

        Direct Help, Some Help

      • Service area

        City of Brimbank, Melton, Wynham, Maribyrnong

      • Service hours

        Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

      • Age group

        10 - 25 years

      • Interpreters

        Available on request

      • Service type

        INDIVIDUAL

      • Costs

        No charge

      • Service for

        Young People

      • Disability access

        Yes

      • Drop in service

        Yes

      • Outreach

        Yes

    More information for service professionals

      • Participation type

        Youth Outreach Support Case management

      • Funding limit?

        Ongoing

      • Referral mode

        In person Via the phone

      • Point of intake

        Office Administration and youth workers

  2. Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS)