- Funding Period 2013-2015, 2019-2021
- Region Supported Hunter
- People Supported Suspension program – 35 young people, Outreach program – 16,774 instances of support
Greater Charitable Foundation’s first partnership with Youth Off The Streets occurred from 2013 to 2015, with the funding of the Hunter Valley Futures Program. The grassroots, street-based model engaged young people "on their own turf" to build a rapport and then connect them with local support services, the labour market, education, family and community services. Greater Bank employees attended several Outreach sessions to assist in the delivery of the program to teenagers throughout Cessnock and the Lower Hunter.
The high rate of school suspensions and expulsions in the Hunter New England region drove Youth Off The Streets to pilot the Hunter Suspension Program in 2019, made possible through additional Greater Charitable Foundation funding. The program offers tutoring and a support program for young people while they are suspended from high school. The program also works closely with the young person’s family, their school, and local community organisations, to assist their transition back into the school setting. Additional funding of more than $400,000 has recently been committed for the expansion of the program for another two-and-a-half years.