Since 2001, MADEC has worked closely with the youth sector and young people at risk of disengaging from education through the successful implementation of both Federal and State funded programs since 2001 in the Whitsunday, Hinterland and Mackay regions.

MADEC strongly supports the need for youth focused education, training and support programs that assist young people to work through barriers they may be facing, with the overarching aim of diverting vulnerable young people away from circumstances placing them at risk.


Youth Empowerment and Support Service

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The YESS Approach…

The Youth Empowerment and Support Service will provide a strengths based, person centred approach of support to Young People aged 12 – 18 years, who are experiencing issues with:

  • Education & Employment
  • Health
  • Substance Issues
  • Housing and Transport
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Family Issues
  • Community Connections
  • Other Barriers.

The Youth Empowerment and Support Service offers a flexible approach that is designed to meet the needs of the individual through providing:

  • Confidential support and assistance
  • Person centred, strengths based focus
  • Non-intrusive, respectful approach of support
  • Encourage and support, cultural connections
  • Flexible, individual, responsive, collaborative, case management process
  • Provide opportunities for Young People and with consent to include their  family and significant others to participate in decision making
  • Facilitate cross-agency referral and maintain inter-agency links
  • Share/exchange information between services with consent
  • Encourage accountable, efficient service delivery, in the aim of moving  toward positive outcomes for young people and their families
  • Personal empowerment
  • Individual support and referrals
  • Local initiatives
  • Integrated collaborative response
  • Customised training programs

Other Youth Programs

MADEC is also involved with the following Youth Programs, Panels and Services:

  • Mackay & District Youth Connect Panel
  • Youth at Risk Initiative
  • Youth Renewal
  • Queensland Police Service Referral Co-ordination Services.