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 Writer’s Bench street art program. Inside its walls MYRC offers a variety of services for young people aged 12 to 24 years including; Recreation Afternoons, School Holiday Programs, Computer Room, Music Studio, Dance studio, Case Work, Counselling services and short term courses/projects.
You will also find youth workers who will support you and refer you to an appropriate specialist service when necessary.
- Individual Support and Case Work with young people and their families
- Recreation Afternoons
- School Holiday Programs
- Dance Studio
- Writer’s Bench – Diversionary Street Art Program
- Computer Room (Homework Club coming soon!)
- Music Studio (More music programs coming soon!)
- Live Music Nights and Dance Parties
- Breakfast Club
- Girls Club
- Young Parents Support
- Hospitality Courses
- Retail Courses (starting Oct 2018)
- MYRC Burners Basketball Team
- We will refer you to an appropriate specialist when necessary too, just ask!
Our mission is to be the voice of youth in the greater Marrickville Local Government Area.
Driving our strategic direction, we need to mirror the priority areas in the Regional Youth Strategies (NSW Office of Communities) by providing programs that increase access and understanding through:
- Providing exposure to education and training opportunities leading to employment preparation.
- Accessing wellbeing and mental health services.
- Encouraging cultural identity and seeing value in diversity through activities and programs that celebrate those differences.
- Increasing community participation and engagement.
- Improving community partnerships and highlighting the value of young people’s peer networks and the role they play in responding to needs.
The Centre seeks to be a critical voice in youth affairs providing sustainable, pertinent and relevant services to young people that are reflective of local needs.
The Vision of MYRC is to be a sustainable, relevant organisation that, through vibrant and meaningful engagement strengthens our youth and our community in such a way that recognises their diversity and potential.
Strengthening Youth – Strengthening Community
You can download our most recent Annual Report and Strategic Plan below…
SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE IN MARRICKVILLE
STAFF AT MYRC
Tom Mc Donald - Director
An ex-teacher and youth worker now for the past 14 years. When Tom isn't chained to his desk, he's likely to be strapped to his hang glider somewhere above the south coast.
Lizzie Kruse - Case Work Manager
Working in the sector for many years Lizzie's passion is for building relationships with our youth and working hard as an advocate for those marginalised.
Jessie Longbottom - Youth Worker
Jessie is a Yuin & Bidjigal Aboriginal woman and has a passion for improving the lives of young people. She appreciates a good bush walk especially if there's a nice view or waterfall along the way.
Tory Karmakar - Youth Worker (Part Time)
Tory has a Social Work background and is passionate about social justice, especially around the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. She has previously worked with people with disabilities as well as with women who have experienced domestic violence. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting and creating embroidery pieces as well as spending time with her adorable Cat, Casper.
Jodee Wetherell - Counsellor
Jodee is currently on a year long student placement as a Masters level student in counselling and psychotherapy from Western Sydney University. She comes with years of experience as a counsellor, group facilitator and telephone helpline volunteer. Jodee enjoys water related activities such as the beach, swimming, sailing and snorkelling. She is enthusiastic about travelling, creative arts, meditation and socialising with friends and family.
Aracely Barreras - LDAT Coordinator
Aracely comes to us from the United States, however, she is of Mexican descent. She has an unbridled passion for working with marginalized and disadvantaged communities. She is currently working on creating an innovative approach to reducing the harms of drugs and alcohol in the Inner West by implementing a 3-prong holistic focused method tackling Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Maintenance of Substance Abuse. The two great loves of her life are her two dogs Kepler and Pavlov.
Jane Tucker - Social Work Student Placement
Jane has experience working in a range of areas of the community services sector including disability, Alcohol and Other Drugs, youth work and research. She is passionate about working within a harm reduction framework to redress social injustice. Jane enjoys photography, snorkeling and arts and crafts.
Meleseini Sulaki-Latu - Senior Practitioner Youth & Family Programs
Have been around in the community services sector for over ten years. I am from a pacific islander background and enjoy being involved in my church community. I am a movie 'junkie' and can sit on Netflix for day's watching different drama series.
Chantelle Scotman - Reconnect Program
I have been working in community services for 5 years, working with homeless youth and youth at risk of homelessness. I enjoy long walks on the city harbour and going to Hip Hop gigs, animals and travelling oversea's to expand my knowledge on cultures from all over the world.
Crystal Walker - Streetwork Program
I am a proud Bundjalung women and I have been working with Young people for the past 5 years and I really enjoyed working and seeing the progress that a young person can make regardless of what they have been through in the past. I love to work with young people as they are our future.