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Youth Cre8 Kuranda with Youth Link

Youth Link will employ a dedicated Arts Project Worker

Pizza Fridays are a real hit at Youth Cre8 Kuranda

Youth Link works to enhance the health and wellbeing of young people in Cairns between the ages of 12 and 24 who are marginalised, homeless or at risk of homelessness. With a firm belief in the inherent worth and potential of each and every young person, Youth Link is dedicated to empowering them to determine their own futures.

After learning of the lack of services and activities for young people in the township of Kuranda, and the limited public transport providing access to Cairns, in 2014 Youth Link worked with the community to establish the Youth Cre8 Kuranda drop-in centre. The only dedicated youth service based in the community, Youth Cre8 Kuranda is a safe, supportive and inclusive place where young people can connect, explore their creative sides, get something to eat, and chat with youth workers.

Since establishment its value to the community has continued to grow. In 2014, when the centre first opened, there were fewer than 10 young people accessing the centre but now Youth Link will regularly see up to 40-50 young people daily, with Friday’s Pizza Night being a popular drawcard.

‘there are less [young people] on the streets, [I] have noticed more in school and they have more self-esteem and pride after doing their film project and other creative things’ – Kuranda community member. You can see the five Wayz Videos on Cre8 Kuranda’s YouTube channel here.

TFFF approved multi-year support for the continuation and expansion of Youth Link’s Youth Cre8 Kuranda in direct response to requests from the community. This will see the drop-in centre open its doors for longer, from its current three days to a minimum of four days each week, and will support the employment of a dedicated Arts Project Worker to run an ongoing program of art and cultural workshops as well as social and self-development activities.

Exploring music at the drop-in centre. Photos by Russell Shakespeare