Queensland Youth Services (QYS) proposes to create a new employment opportunity for at risk youth via a social enterprise, providing a supportive working environment for youth in their first job. “Recycle Your Dreams” will empower targeted youth aged 15-24 to address barriers to employment and reduce their risk of becoming welfare dependent.

The Empowering YOUth Initiative

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

The Social Enterprise

For the first time in QYS’s history, we will be developing a 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 will establish 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. 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 12 weeks, each participant will participate in training, enrolling in the cert II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways. Eight (8) core units are transferable across many industries and six (6) electives will be chosen based on the role / product development the participant has in the enterprise.

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 accredited qualification and apply the enterprise skills learned in phase one. They will develop their understanding of Workplace Culture, Occupational Health and Safety procedures, and adapt to normal work hours. In all phases of this project the participants will be supported by a Vocational Literacy teacher.

The Products

Products from the upcycling process will be placed for sale on the QYS website and/or a new sales/marketing based website. The products will be called – Chameleon Upcycled Products.


Recycle Your Dreams – Empowering YOUth Initiative

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


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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What's happening @ QYS

Are you 15 to 24 years old and struggling to find work?
Our Recycle Your Dreams program could help. Register your interest here for a call from one of our team.