Marrickville Youth Resource Centre is committed to improving skills and opportunities for young people and the development of positive community participation and action.
Located in Jarvie Park, opposite Marrickville High School, Marrickville Youth Resource Centre (MYRC) is easily recognisable by its bright (some might say loud!) exterior painted by young people through the centre’s aerosol art programs. Inside its walls MYRC offers a variety of services for young people aged 12 to 24 years including; Recreation Afternoon, School Holiday Program, Computer Room, Links To Learning, Music Studio, Youthblock counselling and GP services and short term projects such as film or dance workshops, you will also find youth workers who will assist you with almost anything and refer you to an appropriate specialist service when necessary.
Marrickville Youth Resource Centre was established in 1985 and occupied the ground floor of 407 Marrickville Road.With a small grant of $25,500 from the then Department of Youth and Community Services, the recruitment of a highly motivated community based management committee and the employment of two dedicated part-time workers, the foundations for the development of MYRC were laid.
A ‘drop in’ service was established providing a secure and non-threatening environment with activities and programs attracting a high number of young people.Strong links were developed with local schools, refuges, Government and community based welfare organisations and Marrickville Municipal Council.The Centre was active in advocating around youth issues such as accommodation/homelessness, legal support, education and employment and support/advice for young people.
With minimal funds and resources, it was apparent that the service had to expand and develop if it were to meet the needs of young people living in the Marrickville area.During 1987, after extensive lobbying, the Department of Youth & Community Services granted MYRC funds to employ two full-time workers.Innovative preventative programs relevant to the needs and interests of young people were designed and implemented.Programs included graffiti art programs targeting young graffiti crime offenders, a local young women’s magazine ‘GIRLSXPRESS’, youth performance presentations, in-school preventative programs, camps targeting socially isolated young people and young offenders support program. These programs attempted to service a diverse range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
In November 1989, MYRC was granted full use of the Jarvie Park Youth Facility, (including up-stairs) which relieved the crowded conditions and provided the service with more scope.The service was able to establish a ‘girls only space’.Self esteem and empowerment programs were designed and led to a vast increase in the number of young women utilising the service.
In 1991, the service submitted for and received a grant from the Office of Youth Affairs to pilot a ‘Circuit Breaker’ program.With the employment of two youth workers, the program targeted young people from NESB who were identified as possible early school leavers and required early intervention with vocational guidance and extra curricula activities.Circuit Breaker became the ‘Links to Learning’ Students at Risk Program in 2000.
The range and capacity of service delivery has significantly increased since 1985.
MYRC now employs 7 permanent staff members and has expanded to manage the facility and its hire to other community groups.Free internet access is available to young people at MYRC in the Computer Room.Other services include: School Holiday Program, Recreation Afternoons (once called ‘drop in’), gender specific projects and activities, Drama and Music Projects, Break Dancing and Graffiti Art & Outreach.
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MYRC is committed to improving skills and opportunities for young people in the Marrickville LGA and the development of positive community participation and action.
For the Team:
- Maintain an effective, cohesive team that is adequately resourced (i.e. full time staffing levels) to meet the needs of young people in our area.
- Maintain a team that is committed to processes of reflection and critical analysis of our work with each other and with young people.
- Develop a holistic approach to working with young people.
- Well thought out and workable policies that are periodically revised
- Develop skills and procedures to deal with crisis situations
- Develop and maintain a process for open communication about positive and negative aspects of our work as a team and as individuals
- Develop a comprehensive analysis of our target group.
For the service:
- Centre where effectiveness of programs emerges from team cohesion
- Centrethat has working links with other organisations to create positive change for young people
- Centre that gives equal priority to individual young peoples needs as it does to group work and activities
- Centre that critically analyses it’s work with young people and other organisations
- Centre that creates and maintains a history of our work.
For young people:
- Young people acknowledging MYRC as a safe place
- Young people recognised as rightful members of their community
- Young people running their own activities at MYRC and participating in the management of the service
- Young people becoming self supporting; breaking away from the welfare mentality and lifestyle.
- Young people to be politically aware and active