Vinnies Youth Leading The Way

Wednesday 12 August 2020

Young people have always been a major part of the work we do at Vinnies. Going back to our origins in 19th century France, our founder Frederic Ozanam organised a group of friends as a university student, working to alleviate the poverty he saw around him. Close to two centuries later that same spirit of youth is as strong as ever in the work we do supporting people experiencing hardship and disadvantage.

To coincide with National Student Volunteer Week and International Youth Day, we are highlighting some of the amazing young people paving the way forward at Vinnies.


Marissa - Sydney Youth Rep

Currently studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education while working as a teacher’s aid, Marissa loves the variety of ways she is able to assist people in need through Vinnies.

Whether volunteering as part of the Night Patrol and Brekky Vans, helping out on Buddies Days or lending an ear as part of home visits, the greatest passion of her work is in ending the stigma around the experience of homelessness.

“Vinnies taught me how isolated people experiencing homelessness feel and that one of the scariest thing about being on the street is being alone.”


Grace - Wagga Wagga Youth Rep

Balancing her Social Work degree with volunteering, every week at Vinnies brings something new for Grace.

Primarily working at the local homework program to help children of refugee backgrounds with their math and language skills, she was also involved in the Wagga Wagga Community Sleepout raising awareness of homelessness occurring in regional areas.

“In rural and regional areas isolation can be a big issues, so I love that Vinnies helps everyone who needs support.”


Brooke - NSW Vice President, Social Justice

Having volunteered with Vinnies for well over a decade, Brooke has a long history of advocating for social justice and youth engagement causes.

Giving her time at Kids Camps, University Conference and taking part in the Emerging Young Vincentian Leadership Development Programme, she currently balances her work as a Senior Structural Engineer while serving as Vice President of the NSW Social Justice Committee.

“I love that wherever you go, if you reach out to the local Vincentian community, you instantly connect and feel at home.”



National Student Volunteer Week takes place from 18-24 August. International Youth Day takes place on 12 August.

We're always on the lookout for passionate young people to get involved with our youth programs, find out more about getting involved with our Vinnies NSW Youth.