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1972 The Salvation Army commenced a street outreach program at Lackey Av Coorparoo.


1973 A house for crisis accommodation was established, but has since closed.


1986 The service re-located to a larger premises at Stones Corner, previously the Coorparoo Corps location.


1989 The Salvation Army received a $96,000 grant from the Queens Jubilee Trust to establish a Youth Accommodation Program.

1991 The Salvation Army was granted $250,000 for the purchase of accommodation property.


1994 The service relocated once more, to Jubilee Street, Stones Corner.


1995 QLD Department of Housing gained a block of six, one bedroom units located in  East Brisbane and the first tenants moved in.


1997 YOS enrolled a young person in the school of distance education and began an unfunded Alternative Education Program


1997 YOS relocated to Baxter Street, Fortitude Valley, offering: Alternate Delivery Education, Drop-In Centre, Street Outreach, Youth Accommodation and Support Programs.

1998 Job Placement Education and Training Program (JPET) funded by the Federal Government commenced at YOS sites: Fortitude Valley, Redcliffe, Caboolture and Lawnton.


2001 Education Program expanded to include the Lawnton Education program.


2004 New JPET contract for Brisbane North region only. Education program expanded to include Caboolture.


2004 YOS gained funding for the overnight Place of Safety pilot program, in response to VSM (Volatile Substance Misuse) and new police powers. Completed in December in 2005


2005 Expanded accommodation program and purchased a property in Bracken Ridge to accommodate up to 6 young people with on-site House Mentors. JPET contract expanded to include Redcliffe, Lawnton and Caboolture.

2005 YOS formed Partnership with St James College to provide the Alternate Delivery Education Program at the Fortitude Valley site.


2005 YOS formes a partnership with the Viertel Charitable Foundation.


2005 Gained funding through Education Queensland to assist fund the Lawnton & Caboolture Alternate Delivery EducationPrograms.


2009 Education program expanded to include a site at Stafford in partnership with Everton Park State High School.


2009 JPET Program ended with the Federal Government initiative to create Job Services Australia (JSA) Employment Services.


2009 Formed partnership with Hot House Adolescent Drug & Alcohol service to provide welfare services to their clients.


2010 Hot House commenced outreach services at Fortitude Valley.


2010 YOS received Youth Connections funding from DEEWR as part of a consortium with BYS (head agency), Jabiru, Community Connections, Inala Youth Service & Red Cross.


2010 YOS forms partnership with Eden Gardens Nursery.


2010 YOS in Partnership with Pindari Men’s Refuge, Street Level and Edify Sydney co-facilitated STUMP QLD (Short Term Urban Mission Project). YOS commenced the Salvation Army Youth Services Network meeting.


2011 Hot House commenced outreach services at Lawnton & Caboolture. Through The Salvation Army Oasis Youth Support Network YOS gained funds for the Street Outreach Program (STOP) with a focus on the Lawton & Caboolture regions. Through the Hamilton Island Employment Pathway Program young people gained employment at Hamilton Island. Caboolture YOS relocated to new premises with other expressions of The Salvation Army.


2012 An “Anger Management” pilot program ran for 12 months. While it was very successful, funding was not available to keep it running. DEEWR funded a 12 month “Drive for Employment” program from the Caboolture site for young people to gain their “learners licence”, lessons and supervised driving experience.


2013 The last Year 12 students graduated from the Caboolture Alternative Education Program after the loss of  Education Queensland  funding. Education Programs continue at Lawnton, Stafford and Fortitude Valley.


2013 The Queensland Health funding to place YOS workers at Hot House Indooroopilly came to an end. However, YOS continues to maintain a reciprocal referral process with Hot House/Biala.


2013 Viertel Foundation gave a commitment for another five years of support which enables us to work closely with vulnerable youth in the areas of Accommodation and Education.


2014 The new Strategic Plan is released, and YOS continues to operate across three sites in Brisbane and Moreton Bay. Funding from Technology One, Dunk and other  brokerage monies enables us to assist young people to overcome adversity and build independence... whatever it takes.


2015 YOS gained Independent School status and enrolled 21 students in its first year of operation. The school is situated at The Salvation Army Pine Rivers Corps (Church) at Lawnton.


2015 Alternative Learning Programs also operate at Fortitude Valley, Stafford and Lawnton (52 students). YOS Continues to support young people through Accommodation, Education, Life Skills and Driving Programs.

2016 YOS Lawnton Independent School have two temporary classrooms built to accommodate the growing program.

2016 Discussions begin about a potential Learner Driver Mentor program starting at YOS

2017 YOS Goodna Campus commenced

2017 Drive for Life - YOS is launched at Lawnton and Stafford

2021 The service re-located to Ellen Grove in the Forest Lake catchment


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