Youth Programs in QLD

Queensland offers a range of events and programs to support disadvantaged and marginalised youth. These programs require volunteers to plan, organise and run at different times during the year. The programs include:

Active Xpression - Rockhampton

The Active Xpression program aims to build active minds and active bodies through performing and visual arts. Active Xpression equips our children aged 8-12 years with the tools to express themselves in a variety of appropriate, safe and satisfying ways whilst gaining self-esteem, confidence and building friendships along the way.

Buddies Days

One day a month the life of a Queensland child is brightened. The St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland operates the Buddies Day program, which aims to give disadvantaged children (aged 8-12 years) a cost-free, safe and enjoyable day out, away from the routines and influences of their normal home situation.

Kids Camps

The St Vincent de Paul Society Kids Camps are a care and respite program providing disadvantaged children (8 -12 years) with a safe, enjoyable, cost-free holiday camp that they would not normally have opportunity or access to.


NightRiders is a companionship-based home visitation program that reaches out to the marginalised and isolated who have been homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. Volunteers visit residents housed in St Vincent de Paul Society housing, providing company and basic support where needed.

SENSE Youth Mentoring

The SENSE Youth Mentoring Program is an adventure based learning program providing support, encouragement and positive role models for youth and young adults between the ages of 13- 17 who are disadvantaged, socially isolated or who have been affected by a significant family, or environmental event.

Sense Youth Mentoring Camp

As an extension of our Mentoring Program, participants are offered a chance to participate in a weekend long, activity based and personal leadership model. Giving the young people a chance to participate in activities they might not normally have a chance to, whilst also learning more about themselves and providing them with confidence and boosting their personal development skills.

Palm Island Immersion

Twice a year the St Vincent de Paul Society sends 6 – 8 young people over to Palm Island. During their time on the Island the participants are encouraged to engage in Island life, learning about the history of the Palm Island community, as well as engaging with the Island’s elders and local school communities. They spend the week assisting the local primary school, engaging in classroom activities and running programs outside school hours for the children to engage in. The participants are encouraged to get involved as much as they can during their stay, and to provide much needed support and assistance to the local school community.  Upon returning from the Island participants are encouraged to use their knowledge and their experiences to help advocate on behalf of those they had the privilege to serve.

Want to know more or get involved?

For more information please call 07 3010 1000 to speak with a Youth Facilitator, or click here to send an email.