Encounter Youth is proud to acknowledge the following corporate partners for their ongoing support of our programs. We’d like to express our sincere thanks to each of them for their genuine care for Australia’s young people.
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The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is our Principal Partner of the Schoolies Festival™, and we’ve been working together since 1999. MAC play a vital role within the Schoolies Operation response as their sponsorship provides an alternative mode of transport to private vehicle use to assist in the reduction of road trauma amongst young people in South Australia. During the course of the Schoolies Festival™ weekend, there are over 30,000 bus boardings on the Free MAC Schoolies Festival Bus service. The bus service transports ticket holders from Adelaide to the Fleurieu (and/or return), as well as safely transporting young people between Encounter Bay and Goolwa throughout the festival period. MAC’s campaign message to young people is, ‘take control on the road’ which is promoted to school leavers in a number of ways, including the competition to win a 5 star ANCAP safety rated car thanks to MAC.
Our Hindley Street Program has been supported by the South Australian Government through the Attorney-General’s Department since May 2014. In late 2013, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet asked the State’s first Citizens’ Jury to consider further measures to make Adelaide’s nightlife more safe and vibrant, in light of growing community concern about the risks posed by alcohol-fuelled violence. In response to the Jury’s recommendations, the government has continued funding our street program following the expiration of Federal Government funding. Our Encounter Youth volunteers, known as the Green Team provide support to young people who may be vulnerable due to intoxication in the Hindley Street entertainment precinct every Saturday night. We also seek to influence a decrease in binge drinking among young people through our positive engagement strategies in this environment.
We work with SA Police across all of our organisation’s outputs and it was by invitation from SAPOL in 2009 to provide assistance to vulnerable young people on Hindley Street that our Encounter Youth volunteers, known as the Green Team began serving on the frontline in August 2011.