Supporting programs that assist youth at risk is an integral part of the PAYCE Foundation’s philanthropic strategy. Targeted early intervention for youth at risk improves outcomes across the PAYCE Foundation’s other key areas of support, including addiction, homelessness, domestic violence and mental health.
The youth unemployment rate of 12% was more than double the national average at the last census. This rate is often much higher in areas where intergenerational disadvantage is more prevalent and endemic.
An individual’s employment status is correlated to mental and physical health outcomes and is a significant determinant of socio-economic standing. In recognition of the importance of skills and employment, the PAYCE Foundation created the Kick Start initiative, which now operates a fleet of mobile trailers servicing construction sites across Sydney, providing education and employment opportunities for young people at risk, as well as a catering and event service.
For the PAYCE Foundation, the link between youth unemployment and adverse outcomes later in life is a clear and compelling reason to support programs that assist vulnerable youth gain meaningful employment.