Youth in Motion was created when one of the co-founders was living in crisis youth homelessness refuges during high school. They recognised how their educational privilege and the support around them enabled them to come out the other side of a very difficult situation, something that wasn’t afforded to everyone around them. From that, an idea turned into a small project with a friend, which eventually blossomed into what is now a small organisation.
Our story, like any other, is important because it grounds us and shapes our values. We recognise how talented and resilient all young people are, and how life can throw challenges that makes goals hard to achieve. We are based on a philosophy of sharing resources, learning from each other’s experiences, uplifting diverse and marginalised voices, and recognising how life barriers can present themselves in institutionally embedded ways.