Recycle Your Dreams was previously funded by the Federal Department of Jobs and Small Business as an Empowering Youth Initiative. The previous 2 year grant has now ended and Recycle Your Dreams has ceased operation. Queensland Youth Services are currently seeking alternative funding.

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Our Program

Recycle Your Dreams is a unique 14 week program that utilises a social enterprise model to assist local disengaged and disadvantaged youth move into the workforce. Through interactions with our Trade Mentors, Youth Worker, Numeracy and Literacy Trainer and Employee Relations Officer our participants develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours required for success in the workplace.

Recycle Your Dreams is designed for young people aged 15 – 24 with barriers to employment. Recycle Your Dreams addresses these barriers through a range of activities including;

  • Hands-on work experience in a simulated workplace to build employability skills and training in the basic use of machinery, hand and power tools (Chameleon Upcycled Products Workshop).
  • Accredited Training – Certificate II Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways, including First Aid Certificate and Construction White Card (Advanced Industry Training – RTO 5363)
  • Industry Visits with local employers to learn about various careers and entry level jobs
  • Work Experience Placements with local employers
  • Budgeting and cooking classes
  • Career planning and goal setting
  • Resume and cover letter writing, job application process and mock interviews
  • Collaborative Case Management with over 30 external agencies
  • Alcohol and Drug Counselling through Lives Lived Well
  • Positive Lifestyle Program with The Salvation Army

Our Community & Employers

Recycle Your Dreams works closely with over 30 government departments and community organisations to collaboratively case manage and refer participants to the program. During the 14 weeks and for the months following the teams Youth Worker, Employer Relations Officer and Social Enterprise Manager works closely with these agencies to assist each individual to address the barriers they face.

Over the past 18 months the Recycle Your Dreams team has built strong relationships with a network of employers who generously donate their time to the program by hosting industry visits and being involved in our work experience program. To be involved in our industry visits or work experience program please contact Leanne (Employer Relations Officer) on the details below.

Our Social Enterprise

Chameleon Upcycled Products is the Social Enterprise attached to our Recycle Your Dreams Program. The social enterprise designs, develops and creates furniture from recycled materials donated by local, Townsville businesses. Chameleon Upcycled Products is 100% not-for-profit with all proceeds being re-invested into the program. To see the range of furniture being created, check out the facebook page.



Wendy Lang

Ph: 4771 3648
Mobile: 0400 697 090
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