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Established in 1958 with a clear mandate to support disadvantaged young people in Adelaide, SYC has literally helped three generations of people to find a safe place to sleep, develop new skills, gain and sustain employment, finish school and reconnect with their families.

The aspiration to extend and deepen SYC’s services always existed and remains today, which has resulted in significant growth for SYC in its 50+ year history and is well demonstrated  in the historic milestones presented below.


SYC established

SYC established on 9th September.


‘Streetwork’ programme was formed

The highly successful ‘Streetwork’ programme was formed. This program offered casework services for disconnected young people on the city streets.


SYC became an incorporated body

SYC became an incorporated body enabling it to grow and extend its services.


“The Shack” was opened

“The Shack” was opened on Melbourne Street as a coffee shop and drop in centre where young people could meet and hang out in a fun and safe venue.


Financial support to SYC

The State Government of SA provided financial support to SYC to extend its services to more suburbs.


Trace-A-Place was developed

Trace-A-Place was developed (and is still running today). Young people who are aged 15-25 years and are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, can contact HYPA’s Trace-A-Place, which is funded under the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA).


“The Underground” replaced “The Shack”

“The Underground” replaced “The Shack” and became a place of respite for young people. It provided them with shelter, basic food items, long term and crisis counselling as well as some basic recreation activities.


First HYPA Housing project was built

The first HYPA Housing project was built in the Adelaide CBD, consisting of a group of 7 housing units. This was the first opportunity SYC had to offer independent accommodation for young people who had been homeless.


Job Prospects was established

SYC Job Prospects Skillshare was established. This was funded by the Department of Employment, Education and Training and offered free courses and job search skills to eligible unemployed people.


We established our RTO

A division of SYC was created to provide training in various nationally accredited areas to young people and businesses. It was South Australia’s largest non-government Registered Training Organisation.


SYC opened a youth agency

SYC opened a youth agency site at Woodville in partnership with the City of Charles Sturt


Commenced ‘Step into Learning’ program.

SYC opened a site in Elizabeth East and commenced ‘Step into Learning’, an education program for young people disengaged from education. ‘Step into Learning’ was replaced by the ‘Flexible Learning Option’ (FLO) program, a DECS enrolment option. Through FLO, SYC (through its HYPA division) supports students to reengage with mainstream school or to develop a pathway into training or employment.


Gala Ball held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre

SYC celebrated 50 years of helping young people achieve with a spectacular Gala Ball held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. More than 560 guests attended the event which was opened by His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR and attended by a number of highly distinguished guests including SA Premier Mike Rann.


Developed the Therapeutic Support Team

SYC developed the Therapeutic Support Team, a team of clinical practitioners, providing young people accessing SYC with priority access to psychological support, occupational therapy and drug and alcohol counselling.

Job Prospects expanded into Melbourne

SYC (through its Job Prospects division) was successful in winning extra business in the Job Services Australia tender including Youth Specialist Employment Services in South Australia and expanded Generalist services in South Australia and Victoria. Job Prospects grew substantially from 7 sites in Adelaide to 21 sites across Melbourne and South Australia.


SYC won contracts as part of the Government's homelessness reform

For the first time the services provided by Trace-A-Place were put out to open tender (as part of the Government’s reform of the homelessness sector) and SYC was the successful tenderer for the Youth Gateway contract.

SYC also won two additional contracts: The Eastern Adelaide Youth Homeless Service (providing case management for young homeless people in the Adelaide region, and the Integrated Housing Exits Program (providing case management support for young people transitioning from youth training centres back into the community).


Introduced 2 new programs for young people

SYC (HYPA) established 2 new programs for young people: Studio West (alternative education program) and SOAR (a Wellbeing program).

Stand Up With Confidence Program Launched

Job Prospects, in partnership with well-known comedian, Dave Flanagan, established the Stand Up With Confidence program.

Community Learning Centre built at Elizabeth

Completion of a purpose-built Community Learning Centre at our Elizabeth East site in South Australia, enabling better support to more than 1,000 trainees and apprentices and more than 2,000 clients.

SYC Maintained Job Services Contracts

The successful rollover of all of SYC’s Job Services Australia contracts across 23 Job Prospects sites in South Australia and Victoria until 2015.

30th anniversary of Trace-A-Place

Trace-A-Place, the Adelaide city gateway for youth homelessness, celebrated its 30th anniversary, having helped thousands of young people to find accommodation and reconnect with family, communities and/or school.

Construction of new HYPA Housing Projects

Commencement of construction of the HYPA Housing projects at Smithfield and Munno Para West, a total of 24 units, meaning SYC will provide affordable housing to those unable to access private rental market accommodation due to limited financial means.


Two new HYPA Housing Complexes built

The building of two new HYPA Housing complexes in Northern Adelaide suburbs Smithfield and Munno Para was completed mid 2012 and officially launched at the SA Parliament House by Hon Ian Hunter MLC, Minister for Youth, and Paul Edginton, SYC CEO.

HYPA was launched

SYC Youth Agency was re-branded as HYPA (Helping Young People Achieve) and launched in April with new logo and visual branding.

Geared2Drive Program Launched

The Geared2Drive program was launched, featuring HYPA client Sebastian, who was the first young person to utilise the service. Designed to assist young people who do not have access to a licenced adult or a car to gain their supervised hours target to move from Learner’s licence (Ls) to Provisional (Ps), the program was supported by the Office for Youth, which funded the purchase of two Holden Barinas, and Smith’s of Port Adelaide who donated a third Barina.

Melbourne HYPA Quiz Night

The inaugural HYPA Quiz Night in Melbourne was held at Luna Park in St Kilda to extend awareness of HYPA into Victoria.

Training services reached a new milestone

We reached a new milestone with 5000 students being enrolled in 2012. An inaugural Graduation Ceremony was held at the Shedley Theatre, City of Playford Civic Centre in Elizabeth on 1st November to acknowledge completions and high performances by apprentices and trainees during 2012. His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, Governor of South Australia and SYC Patron, was keynote speaker and personally handed all students their certificates.


Moved to new Adelaide offices

SYC and HYPA moved in together at the new, purposely designed premises in Currie Street, Adelaide, in April. Designed with young people in mind, teams of young people produced artworks and helped to manufacture and fit out the office partitions. The new premises provided SYC and HYPA and its young clients with facilities never had before. Three separate sites were brought together with this move, a long term (10 year minimum) investment by SYC.


Training site in Queensland

We opened our first interstate office in Toowoomba, Queensland, to service the high demand for Oil and Gas Drilling qualifications in that State.

Job Prospects won Disability Employment Services Contracts

Job Prospects won the Disability Employment Services – Employment Support Services (DES) contract in Elizabeth, Salisbury and Christies Beach in South Australia, and in Blacktown, Sydney. This was the first time specialist youth contracts were offered for this Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) initiative, and represented SYC’s first venture into New South Wales, with the new outlet in Blacktown.

Training experienced unprecedented growth

Our training services experienced unprecedented growth in 2013, reaching 10,000 enrolments in total.

HYPA gained new contracts

HYPA won a series of new contracts: Transitions, a program focusing on school aged young people in the Playford area who were experiencing difficulties in transitioning into work from school or from primary to high school; PHaMs (Personal Helpers and Mentors program), to be operated in Melbourne and Adelaide to assist people experiencing mental health issues to get and keep meaningful employment; and SRC (Special Residential Care), a program for extremely disadvantaged young people requiring one-on-one help, offered in a family-like setting in a home, with full-time carers and other young people.

SYC launched a new initiative to tackle youth unemployment

SYC launched its new initiative to tackle youth unemployment, My First Job, calling on the Government to appoint a Youth Employment minister and target a 50% reduction in youth underemployment by 2020.

SYC Board member and previous Chairman Graham Ormsby honoured

Long serving SYC Board member and previous Chairman, Graham Ormsby, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to the community and particularly young people. Retiring in November 2012, Mr Ormsby served for almost two decades as a board member including fifteen years as Chairman of SYC.


HYPA formed the Youth Leadership Team

HYPA formed the Youth Leadership Team (YLT) comprised of past and present participants of HYPA, aged 16-25. The YLT concept is inspired by the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) model, which provides young people with a voice in policy development at local and state government levels. The YLT works with HYPA to ensure young people’s voices are heard and reflected within the organisation and its initiatives.

SYC launched the first youth employment hub in Adelaide

SYC launched a youth employment hub called HYPA Works. It was designed to help young people get into the workforce, either as an employee or as a business owner. On June 1st Bizifyd (pronounced Bizzi-fied), a HYPA Works program commenced its first round of intakes, with the object to engage and provide young people with business and enterprise skills.

SYC became a company limited by guarantee

SYC changed its legal entity structure from an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee, a move taken to assist the organisation’s growth strategy.

My First Job White Paper released

The My First Job White Paper was released to provide a framework of best practice for working with young people and employers to deal with a high Australian youth unemployment rate. 


Job Prospects gained new ground in Melbourne and South Australia

Job Prospects gained new ground in Melbourne and South Australia as an outcome of the Employment Services 2015 tender. SYC’s employment services division is set to open an additional 19 sites across Victoria and another six in South Australia, not including the locations where outreach services will be provided, representing another 20 towns or suburbs.

SYC embarked on the My First Job European Study Tour

As part of the My First Job initiative SYC was part of an Australian delegation that traveled to Europe to explore the policies, services, culture and structures in Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom that support young people to successfully transition from learning to working. 

#TwoFeet Takes Another Step

HYPA’s primary profile and fundraising campaign, #TwoFeet, took another step forward with the launch of its own website ( and social media campaign. The #TwoFeet campaign promotes our core philosophy which centers around helping young people create and maintain an independent, constructive and prosperous life. The launch was supported by a series of videos that feature young people who have accessed HYPA services and benefited from the support HYPA offers, telling their compelling and moving stories. 

SYC Launched Show Your Colours 2.0wards 2018

SYC launched its updated strategic plan, Show Your Colours 2.0wards 2018, which laid out the organisations six strategic priorities to achieve the delivering of our purpose through to 2018. 


New website coming soon.

SYC and our other brands, Job Prospects and HYPA, will soon be on the same website. Our services haven’t changed, we’re just bringing them all together in one handy location.