About Us

About Us

Our History and Achievements

As a Service, Youth Solutions’ history spans over 28 years and contains a number of achievements and highlights which we are incredibly proud of. Below you will find a brief timeline of some of our key achievements since we were founded in 1988:

2017   Youth Solutions’ YAG wins Community Group of the Year at the Camden Australia Day Awards

The DAIR program receives a nomination for the ZEST Awards; Exceptional Project Within a Not For Profit Organisation

2016   Chief Executive Officer Geraldine Dean is named the Campbelltown Local Woman of the Year

Youth Solutions is awarded a Stronger Communities Grant

Youth Solutions is named a finalist in the NADA NSW Non Government Alcohol and Other Drug Awards in the Excellence in Health Promotion category

Youth Development Coordinator was a guest speaker at the Australian Commission for Young People (ACYP) Youth Week Showcase

The Peer Enrichment and Empowerment Project (PEEP) is named as a finalist in the Youth Action Youth Work Awards for the NSW Youth-led Project of the Year

Youth Development Coordinator Karen Yuen is named as a finalist in the Youth Action Youth Work Awards for the NSW Youth Worker of the Year

2015     Youth Solutions receives six ZEST Awards nominations. These include:

  • Outstanding Community Leadership, Paid Capacity – Geraldine Dean
  • Outstanding Youth Leader – Program Officers Corin Boughton, Lauren Ognenovski, Amanda Partridge
  • Outstanding Aboriginal Community Project – ARTucation (received the Highly Commended Award)
  • Out of the Box Award – PEEP Project

Youth Solutions’ ARTucation project, led by Program Officer Lauren Ognenovski, wins the Champions of the West Award for Indigenous Excellence

Youth Solutions is nominated for Youth Action’s 2015 Youth Work Awards in the following categories:

  • Youth Service of the Year
  • Best Partnership – for the Safer Celebrations project Keep it in Check; a partnership with Campbelltown Catholic Club

2014     Youth Solutions wins the ZEST Award for Exceptional Community Partnership in a Local Government Area for its Safer Celebrations project (a partnership with Campbelltown Catholic Club)

Chief Executive Officer Geraldine Dean is nominated for the ZEST Award for Outstanding Community Leader

The Youth Advisory Group is nominated for the ZEST Award for Outstanding Voluntary Group/Organisation

The Safer Celebrations project wins Campbelltown Catholic Club the Clubs NSW Award in the Health category

The Youth Advisory Group is nominated for the Champions of the West Awards in the Young Achievers category

Youth Solutions wins the highly commended Youth Service of the Year prize at the Youth Action 2014 Youth Work Awards

The Youth Solutions Board wins the Werriwa Volunteer Award for Innovation in Volunteering. The board is also nominated for the Macarthur Volunteer Award in the same category

2013     The Youth Solutions Youth Advisory Group is awarded the Macarthur Volunteer Award for Innovation in Volunteering

2011      Awarded as the winner of the Campbelltown City Council Community Service Award

2010     NSW Health and South Western Sydney Local Health District provide 75% of Service funding with additional funding being actively sought to sustain and implement additional projects and meet growing community need

2008     Awarded as the winner of the Macarthur Chronicle True Local Business Awards – Community Contribution of the Year

2007      Awarded as a Finalist in Excellence in Prevention, National Drug & Alcohol Awards for the Parent Links Peer Education Project

2006     Awarded as a Finalist in Excellence in Prevention, National Drug & Alcohol Awards for the Cannabis and Young People Project/ Dope EFX u

Youth Solutions achieves Accreditation

2005      Youth Solutions continues to work with its primary and secondary target groups. The team continues to work extensively to prevent and reduce drug use and related harms among young people in South Western Sydney (SWS)

Increasingly providing an advocacy and consultancy role at a Local, State (NSW) and National level

2003      Trading name relaunched as Youth Solutions

2002      Recognised for commitment to young people by receiving a National Award for Excellence in Youth Specific Initiatives from the Ted Noffs Foundation

Geographical boundaries expanded to work with young people and community members living, working and recreating in the Macarthur and Wingecarribee regions (Campbelltown, Camden, Wollondilly, and Wingecarribee Local Government Areas)

2001       First Charity Evening and Charity Golf Day held

1988       Established by the Macarthur Drug and Alcohol Services Committee Incorporated, as The Macarthur Drug and Alcohol Youth Project

Working with young people 12 – 25 years living in Macarthur (Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly Local Government Areas). Funded by the NSW Health Department and South Western Sydney Area Health Service


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Celebrate Safe and Well

The Celebrate Safe and Well campaign wrapped up at the end of January 2017. Read the Project Report here: 2016

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AOD Link

AOD Link is Youth Solutions’ sector training and capacity building program.

Through the AOD Link program, Youth Solutions delivers relevant …

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Drug and Alcohol Information and Resilience Skills

Drug and Alcohol Information and Resilience Skills (DAIR) is a Youth Solutions health education program for young people aged 14 …