Ipswich and Lowood ICYS Ipswich Community Youth Service is a not-for-profit community based organisation providing assistance and support to at-risk children, young people, their families and their communities in the Ipswich and surrounding regions since 1983. As a multi-service organisation, ICYS provides a range of support programs and activities to assist and empower young people to make positive choices and decisions for their future. Each year ICYS provides direct services to approx 5,000 young people across 5 Local Government Areas (Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Scenic Rim and Western Brisbane) from our offices in Ipswich and Lowood and our partner schools, including, Specialist intake and assessment service that provides information, advice and referral to any young person (aged 12-18), their family member, carer and/or service provider to assist young people to access support. Assistance to young people aged 16-25 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Accommodation for young parents aged 16-25 years (with children in their care) Engagement support for young people aged 14-17 years at risk of disengaging (and newly disengaged) from education Training programs, employment and job readiness assistance for young people aged 15-19 years. Information, advice and case management support for young people aged 12-18 years in our regional communities. Weekly peer groups and diversionary activities for young people. School Holiday activities for young people aged 12-17 years. A weekly young parents peer group for young parents aged 16-24 years. Limited provision of emergency food items, travel cards and food vouchers. An annual Conference for 500 young people to explore post-schooling options with the aim of maintaining school attendance. Coordinates (often collaboratively with community partners) annual events including, Ipswich Day For Daniel Walk, Child Protection Week, activities including the annual Gala Dinner and Awards Presentation and community symposiums raising awareness of the safety of children and young people. Youth Homelessness, Matters Day Youth Forums, National Youth Week, Community projects surrounding key awareness days e.g. White Ribbon Day, R U OK day, Social Inclusion Week, Families Week, NAIDOC Day, Bullying No Way Day, Harmony Day, Christmas hamper appeal, Produce and distribute resources such as our Rant Free Renting, a young persons guide to renting a home booklet. Coordinates specific training relevant to the needs of young people and/or service providers. Facilitates specific group programs for young people on an as needs basis and/or on request (e.g. Anger management) and more.