Queensland Youth Services (QYS) has created an avenue for disengaged youth to gain valuable experience and support via a social enterprise. “Recycle Your Dreams” empowers youth aged 15-24 to address the barriers they face when gaining employment which reduces their risk of becoming welfare dependent.

The Empowering YOUth Initiative

The ‘Recycle Your Dreams’ project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business as part of the Empowering YOUth Initiative.

The Social Enterprise

The Social Enterprise model is based on the upcycling of goods for re-sale or re-use.  Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

Recycle Your Dreams has established a workshop for ‘upcycling’ goods for re-sale. Based on the principals of User Design, participants will engage in the daily operations of the enterprise, including business planning, product design, product making, and product distribution, developing their entrepreneurial skills while forming the attitudes and behaviours required to succeed in long-term employment. They will also participate in accredited training, utilising reasonable adjustment strategies such as ‘on the job’ training and digital recordings of competencies achieved.

Over a period of 14 weeks, each participant will participate in training, enrolling in the cert II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways. All of the core units of this qualification are transferable across many industries and the elective units include First aid and General Construction Induction (White) Card.

The participants will be engaged in a range of activities in the social enterprise Recycle Your Dreams project. Through the support of experienced youth workers / enterprise manager / trade mentors, participants will develop strategies to overcome social barriers, participate in on the job training, gain an accredited qualification and apply the enterprise skills they learn over the 14 weeks. They will develop their understanding of Workplace Culture, Occupational Health and Safety procedures, and adapt to normal work hours.

The Products

Products from the upcycling process will be available for sale on the Chameleon Upcycled Products Facebook page or in person at the Recycle Your Dreams workshop.


Recycle Your Dreams – Empowering YOUth Initiative

Address:  Unit 3/19 Keane Street
Currajong Qld 4812
Phone:     (07) 4410 9544

Download: Referral Form

Amanda Skinner

Social Enterprise Manager
Ph: 0477 006 036
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Brett Forrester

Trade Mentor

Ph: 0477 004 369

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Guy Lewis

Employer Relations Officer

Ph: 0477 003 693

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Michael Torrisi

Trade Mentor

Ph: 0477 007 026

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Dalen Steenhuis

Youth Worker

Ph: 0437 083 516

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Priscilla Billing
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Mahalah Luta

Office Assistant
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