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Supporting, Encouraging and Resourcing the Class of 2021

About Us

As a staff team and volunteer group of nearly six hundred, we support young people to make a positive difference in the world.

We fulfil our mandate by offering direct relief to those facing serious social challenges, providing education and training programs, facilitating volunteer and service opportunities, working collaboratively with local communities, and advocating for the best interests of young people.

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Our story began in 1999. We were invited into a complex scene in Victor Harbor by SA Police and began implementing positive engagement strategies with school leavers converging in the area. By collaborating with the community, we were able to respond to the volatile situation and transform it into a safer celebration known today as the Schoolies Festival.

In 2000, we began delivering seminars in South Australian secondary schools and in 2002, we launched our education program, providing students with practical Alcohol & Other Drug education. This has grown into a comprehensive whole-of-school program for both students in middle and senior school year levels, as well as their parents and teachers.

In November 2006, our volunteers wore green uniforms for the first time. The idea was to help identify the hard-working volunteer body more readily. The school leavers that year gave us the nickname Green Team, and we’ve worn the name with pride ever since. So officially, as of 2007, our volunteer body became the Encounter Youth Green Team®. Without the sacrificial service of our volunteers over all these years, we simply would not be able to do what we do.

In early 2009, Encounter Youth received an invitation from SA Police to provide direct relief to vulnerable young people in the challenging social environment around Hindley Street. After conducting an extensive assessment of the situation, we launched our Hindley Street Program in August 2011.

In 2013, our first registered teacher led our Education Program, and the Program was mapped to the national curriculum for Alcohol & Other Drug education.

After the AUES Pub Crawl caused major disruption in the Adelaide CBD in 2013, we were invited to offer support to the event in 2014. Our volunteers continue to assist each year.

In 2017, the Attorney-General commissioned the Office of Crime Statistics and Research (OCSAR) to evaluate the Hindley Street Program. The evaluation showed that 81% of young people felt that the presence of Encounter Youth Green Team® volunteers made them feel safer on Hindley Street.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic moved work and education to rely more heavily on online delivery. We quickly adapted our programs and in May 2020, we launched our Online Learning Platform to continue supporting secondary schools with our effective Alcohol & Other Drug education program. In July 2020, we launched our Online Training Platform for the Encounter Youth Green Team volunteers to provide online training. And in support of Year 12s, we launched the You Got This! initiative in August 2020.

In 2021, our Education team hit two incredible milestones since our Alcohol & Other Drug education program started. In March, our team presented their 2,000th seminar and in June, our team presented to our 200,000th student. In August, we celebrated the 10th year of our Hindley Street Program and that same month, we launched our new Encounter Youth logo.

In March 2022, we launched the Teacher Resource Room, providing teachers, schools and community members with tools, information and resources to support young people to look after each other and make positive choices around alcohol & other drugs. And in May 2022, we launched the Impact Partners program, our first-ever giving program!

Year after year, we’ve continued to serve young people as a staff team and volunteer group of over four hundred fifty, partnering with significant others who share our vision and align with our values. Galvanised by our faith, we relieve, we educate, we facilitate, we collaborate and we advocate.

  • 1999

    We began in response to the situation in Victor Harbor on the invitation of SA Police.

  • 2000

    We started delivering school seminars to SA secondary schools.

  • 2002

    We launched our alcohol & other drug education program to SA secondary schools.

  • 2006

    School leavers gave our volunteers the nickname Green Team and it was officially adopted in 2007.

  • 2009

    In response to an invitation from SA Police, we started investigating an intervention program on Hindley Street.

  • 2011

    After extensive assessment of the situation, we launched the Hindley Street program.

  • 2013

    Our first registered teacher led our Education Program, and the Program was mapped to the national curriculum for Alcohol & Other Drug education.

  • 2014

    We were invited to offer support to the AUES Pub Crawl and continue to do so each year.

  • 2017

    The OCSAR commission confirmed that our Hindley Street Program was making a difference.

  • 2019

    We celebrated 20 years!

  • 2020

    We launched the Online Learning Platform for our education program, the Online Training Platform for our volunteer program and the You Got This! initiative to support Year 12s.

  • 2021

    We presented our 2,000th seminar, educated our 200,000th student, celebrated 10 years of the Hindley Street Program and launched our new Encounter Youth logo.

  • 2022

    We launched the Teacher Resource Room, providing teachers, schools and community members with resources to support young people, and we launched Impact Partnersour first-ever giving program.


Below we shed a little more light on each of our programs.

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The objects of Encounter Youth, as defined by our Rules of Association, are as follows:

To be a charitable organisation that engages with young people to provide harm minimisation support services.

To be a charitable organisation that provides support to young people affected by substance abuse and risks associated with abusive, violent or criminal behaviours, and as a result directly alleviate suffering and harm, to individuals, families and the community.

To be a charity whose main purpose is to promote the prevention and control of mental and physical disease, injury and suffering stemming from substance abuse and other societal pressures.

To minimise and prevent harm to, and self-harm by, young people associated with the consumption of drugs, alcohol and other harmful substances, sexual abuse, violence, or
other criminal behaviour.

To provide direct aid to those in distress or at risk of harm associated with such abusive, violent or criminal behaviours by young people.

To provide education, training and activities to enable young people to understand and respond well to the mental and physical health risks associated with substance abuse and other societal pressures.

To provide opportunities for young people to organise and participate in safe social and physical activities that may prevent or minimise the risk of such harm and enhance their life skills and usefulness to society.

To partner and co-operate variously with government agencies, schools, churches, charities, other service organisations and private sponsors in order to empower, care for and support young people.

To undertake fundraising activities to support the objects of Encounter Youth.

To undertake any other lawful activities and actions that assist to achieve the objects of Encounter Youth.

Our Child Protection Policy enables Encounter Youth Inc. to create a safe environment for children and young people who are treated by, or come into contact with, EY workers according to the requirements of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 (SA).

Safeguarding Policy (PDF)

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Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about us and our story, a story built on the involvement and contribution of thousands of people over the past two decades. If you’d like to know more or have any questions, please feel free to get in touch via the contact form. We’d love to hear from you.