Youth Programs


The Emerge program is a 16-week program that teaches practical life skills, encourages positive self-esteem, provides mentorship and promotes re-engagement in education, training or employment. It's aimed at young people aged between 15-19 who are disengaged and/or at risk of anti-social or dangerous behaviour.

Two groups, a dedicated boys' and girls' group, attend weekly sessions that involve cooking and nutrition, physical fitness such as yoga and boxing, creative arts such as goal vision board creation and skills in relaxation and stress management. Throughout the program, participants are invited to take part in work experience in our fully equipped food van and catering business, with the final weeks of the program being dedicated to job confidence and readiness for further training & employment.

We believe in the potential of young people who are facing hardship and disadvantage. We aim to provide a unique opportunity by facilitating a program that meets them where they are to develop skills for a positive future.
While the program focuses on the development of skills to assist youth in creating a positive future, equally as important is the relatability and support youth can expect from program mentors and the continuity of care that is encouraged well after the program is finished, allowing participants ongoing access to mentors in our dedicated youth space.

Our mentors have all been carefully selected, not only for the expertise in their fields, but for their down-to-earth approach and passion for helping youth - usually motivated by a personal story of their own.

We ensure our mentors have a valid working with children card and are supervised by our program founder Jen Shaw to ensure quality of care.
Spaces are now open for 2018 for young people in the Toowoomba & Darling Downs Region. 
To find out more about The Emerge Program email