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Youth Off The Streets: Reach for a brighter future

Reach for a brighter future

This Case Study examines the charity Youth Off The Streets, its development and operations. It discusses the importance of running a charity like any other business and looks at the development of one of its most ambitious projects: the building of the Macquarie Fields Youth Centre.

As a result of reading this Case Study, students should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of entrepreneurship in business 
  • Discuss the importance of clear and measurable goals and objectives in business planning
  • Explain the benefits of identifying and engaging stakeholders


2011 is the 20th anniversary of Youth Off The Streets, the charity founded by Father Chris Riley to assist homeless and disadvantaged young people.

Providing an innovative solution to a societal problem

Fr Chris Riley is an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is about coming up with creative ideas (often involving risk-taking) and then finding the resources and opportunities to put these ideas into action.

Translating goals into reality - the development of the Macquarie Fields Centre for Youth

The Macquarie Fields Centre for Youth, opening in 2011 in Sydney’s southwest, is YOTS’s latest innovative project designed to meet community needs. 


Youth Off The Streets has been working with disadvantaged and marginalised young people for 20 years.

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Learning Area(s):
  • Business Environment | Developing organisational culture
  • Business Environment | Measuring business performance
  • Business Environment | Mission and Objectives
  • Business Environment | Stakeholders
  • Business Environment | The external environment
  • Business Environment | Types of large organisations
  • Change Management | Strategic planning
  • Entrepreneurship/Innovation | Fostering innovation within business
  • Entrepreneurship/Innovation | Innovative business
  • Entrepreneurship/Innovation | The role of the entrepreneur
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility | Socially responsible programs and approaches
  • Marketing | Market research methods/analysis
  • Marketing | Marketing evaluation including use of KPIs
  • Marketing | Product development
  • Marketing | Promotion strategies and their application
From: Edition 7

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