Liverpool City Council Library and Father Chris Reily came together to celebrate 21 years of providing young people with a second chance yesterday, March 18.
The Youth of the Streets Exhibition tells the story of the influential organisation founded 21 years ago by Father Chris Riley after he was inspired by the 1931 movie Boy’s Town.
Dedicating his life to helping young people, Father Riley continues to provide a new hope for young people effect by addiction and living on the streets.
He said over the past 21 years the biggest achievement Youth of the Streets has made is giving young people the opportunity to achieve.
“Our biggest achievement is in our schools very often,” he said.
“Our schools actually give kids the opportunity to get employment and further education.”
Through a number creative way’s Youth of the Streets gives young people fighting addiction new ways to discuss the things they are going through.
The board game, Steps and Slides mimics the game Snakes and Ladders and asks the participants to list the down sides of addiction and the upsides of sobriety.
The Exhibition list many of Youth of the Street’s successes stories and offers the community to see positive effect the organisation has had on Western Sydney and is open until March, 21.
For the full Audio of the interview with Father Chris Riley click here.