Reach supports young people to get the most out of life.

We aim to improve the wellbeing of young people so they can be healthy and resilient to meet life's challenges, and fulfil their potential.

Our youth-led workshops are for any young person between 10-18 years of age.

Our Vision


That every young person has the support and self-belief they need to fulfil their potential & dare to dream.

Our Mission


To encourage young people, no matter what their circumstances, to believe they can achieve.

Who We Are

Reach is a for-purpose organisation for young people.

Each year, 30,000 young people aged 10-18 experience Reach through our workshops that are 100% youth-led – designed and delivered by our young crew.

Young people say they can relate to the crew because they speak honestly and openly about their own journey and challenges.

This means our workshops are always relevant and meaningful for young people.

Why It Matters

Young people need to be healthy and resilient to meet life's challenges.

You’ve probably heard it before: being a teenager can be a pretty awesome time in our lives – but it’s not without its struggles.

Because of the physical and psychological changes taking place, teenagers can be susceptible to a host of different issues – like mental health problems, stress, school and study challenges, and relationship difficulties.

We've found that teenagers need a place where they can go to talk honestly about what's going on – about their fears and their dreams – without being judged and with people who understand.

Reach creates this space for teenagers where everyone, no matter who they are or what their circumstances, can explore their lives and connect with other people they can relate to.

Vital growth and development occurs during adolescence, particularly associated with the brain.

Adolescent brains show more activity in the emotional parts of the brain – which can make young people vulnerable to mental health issues, like depression and anxiety.

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Following workshops young people say they have increased self-awareness and optimism, and the ability to build deeper, more meaningful connections.

When combined with improved emotional and social skills, and the adoption of positive wellbeing strategies, our workshops support young people to get the most out of their lives.

Independent research has found that Reach's youth-led workshops can improve the wellbeing of young people, by significantly enhancing their feelings of meaning and engagement (Vella-Brodrick, Rickard & Chin, 2013).

"Reach normalises the grief and anxiety of growing up and, in doing so, inspires young people not to be spooked by the emotion of it all, but to dream and to hope for one's own destiny."



Our theory of change is kind of like our recipe – it describes the ingredients that make-up our preventative workshops, and the method we use to combine these, to finally produce the outcomes we seek. 


The most important ingredient is our youth-led approach – which means our workshops are always relevant, engaging and inspiring to the young people who come.

We draw on a range of approaches when we develop and deliver workshops for young people, like:

  • The power of the group.
  • An “Everyone is Welcome” policy.
  • Creating safe and non-judgmental spaces.
  • Running activities to challenge comfort zones and encourage sharing of experiences.
  • Creating theatrical environments, using pop culture and rejecting clichés.
  • Integrating professional wellbeing support.

There are a range of psychological theories and models that underpin our workshops. The 'Hero’s Journey', and the power of storytelling and narrative, is a central philosophy. Our workshops are also informed by positive psychology, specifically models of Positive Youth Development.


In general, we understand that our behaviour is driven by our underlying beliefs about ourselves and the world we live in.

In our workshops the crew support young people to identify a “cycle of beliefs and behaviours” that may be holding them back from getting the most out of their lives.

Listening without judgement and empathising unconditionally are key components in our method. Reach crew engage a 3-step process of listening, asking great questions and encouraging possibility:

  1. Listening beyond ‘the story’ a young person is communicating, to hear the underlying beliefs which can be at the heart of their experience. 
  2. Asking great questions about meaning, purpose and possibility.
  3. Encouraging young people to perceive possibility by becoming more engaged in their lives and identifying a sense of meaning and purpose.

We aim to improve the wellbeing of young people by:

  • Enhancing feelings of meaning and engagement.
  • Improving self-awareness.
  • Building emotional and social skills.
  • Developing deeper, more meaningful connections.

These outcomes support young people to build the resilience they need to fulfil their potential and get the most out of life.

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Research and Publications

Our early-intervention approach is based on an innovative model of youth-participation and supported by evidence of impact.

In 2012, a team of researchers from Monash University and the University of Melbourne conducted a research study into the impact of Reach’s youth-led workshops, on the mental health and wellbeing of young participants.

This research found that Reach workshops improved the wellbeing of young people, by significantly enhancing their feelings of meaning and engagement (Vella-Brodrick, Rickard & Chin, 2013).

Find out more


We've collated a list of helpful resources about the issues and opportunities facing young Australians.

Check out these publications.

Reach People

Want to meet some of the awesome people who are Reach?

Check out some of your favourite crew members, meet some of our champions, and the people who work behind the scenes.


Reach couldn’t realise its potential without our generous supporters and our valued partnerships with many individuals, businesses and organisations.

We’re fortunate to receive gifts of time, money and talent from individuals, groups of individuals and organisations.

It’s an awesome feeling to receive these gifts and to know that so many people and organisations share our vision for young people to be their best.


Our principal partners lead the way with their generous support of Reach and belief of our mission.

BHP Billiton has invested in a five-year partnership with Reach, allowing us to build our first permanent regional base. Their commitment to developing young leaders allows us to focus on improving the emotional and social health and wellbeing of young people in the Hunter Valley region, NSW.

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PFD Food Services’ vital support assists more than 8,000 primary school students each year in preparing for the transition to high school through the delivery of ‘Rookys’ – The Reach Foundation’s suite of primary school workshops.

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Businessperson and philanthropist Geoff Harris, The Reach Foundation’s Principal Patron, continues his long-term support by generously providing sound business advice, network introductions and our HQ office at The Dream Factory in Collingwood, Victoria.

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Reach Champions go above and beyond to help us impact the lives of young people right across NSW and Victoria.

KFC supports Reach Crew Development in NSW - allowing us to run workshops for over 11,000 young people each year across the state. In Victoria, KFC supports the delivery of Heroes Days – The Reach Foundation’s largest workshop, which positively impacts the lives of more than 2,000 year 9 students each year.

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The staff and clients of McLardy McShane support our Fused workshops and weekends away through their annual Golf Day and Christmas Lunch events.

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Through the Jim Stynes Scholarship, the AFL helps support three Reach initiatives:
1. Grounded – Reach’s community workshop series for disengaged young people
2. Crew Development – Developing the next generation of Reach leaders
3. Secondary School Workshops – For schools in need of financial support

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Thanks to our exclusive AUTOMOTIVE PARTNER, Volvo Cars Brighton, we have two fantastic new cars, which enable our crew to deliver workshops to young people in schools and communities right across the state. We simply couldn’t do it without their support!

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Reach is super excited to be supported by Kmart in Victoria, NSW and ACT through their coin collection appeal. Look out for Reach coin collection boxes at all Kmart stores in these states, or follow the prompts at self-serve checkouts to add a contribution to your transaction and help young people get the most out of life!

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Each of our workshops is supported by a valued supporting partner.


The Grocery and Liquor Association (GALA) has provided more than $1 million in support of Reach over many years through its annual Golf Day and Ball.


NAB is a key Workplace Giving partner of The Reach Foundation and in 2015-16 has provided support for The Reach Foundation’s Fused program, including Fused Weekends Away.

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State Street is supporting Reach to deliver an integrated workforce readiness program for young people from Western Sydney. This program, which will roll out in 2016, will provide year 10 students with the personal attributes, employability skills and real job opportunities needed for success in work and life.

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SC Johnson & Son have been supporting Reach since 2015. In FY 2016-17 they are supporting Reach’s work in Western Sydney – developing our young crew and sponsoring Rookys workshops for young people as they make the transition to high school.

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Reach runs over 1000 workshops each year and it wouldn’t be possible without our amazing Reach Supporters!

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Our strategic partnerships with the Commonwealth & Victorian Governments and the Department of Health and  Human Services brings the work of Reach to more young people, including Indigenous young Australians.

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The following Trusts and Foundations are valued supporters of Reach and the potential of young Australians.

Bell Charitable Fund Besen Family Foundation Collier Charitable Fund
Equity Trustees Gandel Philanthropy Ian Potter Foundation
Inner North Community Foundation John T Reid Charitable Trusts Matana Foundation
Newsboys Foundation Perpetual Trustees Portland House
RE Ross Trust The Greenlight Foundation The Jack Brockhoff Foundation
The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund UnLTD William Angliss

In 2009, 146 individuals and families pledged to support Reach over four years. Since then our Dreams Foundation donors have contributed more than half a million dollars to help Reach realise its dream of improving the wellbeing of more young people.


We would sincerely like to thank and recognise the following individuals and families who in 2014 gave in excess of $10,000 to support various school, community programs, and our Leadership Development program.

  • Ross & Kate Hildebrand

  • Hogan Family Trust

  • Tauri Litchfield Memorial Trust

  • Craig Mason

Thank you for believing in young people and their potential! For more details about our individual supporters, please see our Annual Report.


Thanks also to our Workplace giving and In kind partners for their amazing support!

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Our event partners support Reach in the delivery of a number of events that engage and inspire the broader community.

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Community Partners

We share a fundamental aspiration and goal with our partners – and future partners – to deliver positive outcomes for young people.

By working collaboratively with government, schools, community organisations and youth services, we think the essential elements required to achieve positive and sustainable change for young people can be met.

Our partners include:

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Reach's work is supported by a robust organisational structure - in which the principles of youth-participation are strongly embedded.

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The following groups of people are integral to the operation of Reach.


Reach exists to support young people.

The 30,000 young people who experience Reach each year are our focus and at the centre of everything we do.


Our vibrant 200-strong crew design and deliver our workshops, and contribute to organisational leadership - helping to shape the future direction of Reach.


We have a professional workforce of part-time and full-time staff, sessional wellbeing professionals, and committed volunteers and supporters, who are essential to the day-to-day operation of Reach.



Reach receives significant contributions of funds, time and relationships from our supporters including:

  • Corporate Australia
  • Trusts and foundations
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Individual donors

Our long-term relationships with schools, parents, government and community organisations are critical to ensuring Reach's ongoing impact.


The Leadership Team – comprising of the CEO and a good cross-section of staff and crew – unify the organisation. They are accountable for leading initiatives that underpin the development and implementation of our strategic plan.


Our Board are experienced business and community executives and socially responsible elders.

The Board provides strategic guidance and assistance with advocacy and fundraising. It is accountable for maintaining the highest governance standards

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Strategic Direction

Reach has developed a five-year strategic plan (2013-2017) to support us achieve our mission.


To be at the leading edge of youth culture. To ensure the real voice of young people is heard and valued and with our knowledge of contemporary youth culture, captured in all workshops and brand.

What this will look like:

  • Refreshing workshops.
  • Fostering creativity.
  • Speaking out externally.
  • Continuing to build our model of youth participation.

To keep the essence of Reach at the centre of everything we do. To inspire young people through connection, raw and courageous conversation and a safe space to find their voices.

What this will look like:

  • Focusing on our culture.
  • Reviewing our values.
  • Reviewing the role and purpose of the ‘Spirit Guardians’ – a group committed to maintaining the Reach culture and essence.

To instill creativity and innovation into workshop design and crew development, to meet the needs of young people.

What this will look like:

  • Focusing on creativity and innovation in training.
  • Creating new workshops.
  • Reviewing our workshop portfolio.
  • Delivering relevant and meaningful workshops to more young people.

To be measuring and sharing proof-of-impact. To develop the capability and tools to evaluate workshop effectiveness and impact, and to enable continuous improvement.

What this will look like:

  • Developing a new workshop-wide evaluation framework.
  • Integrating the insights from the Monash research study into workshop design and development.

To be recruiting, retaining and motivating high-quality, diverse and developed people. To build a consistent and repeatable capability for developing people to deliver Reach’s mission.

What this will look like:

  • Continuing to recruit a diverse mix of crew.
  • Delivering high-quality crew training.
  • Getting the balance right between heart and head.
  • Assessing staff training needs.

To streamline organisational systems and operate more efficiently. To raise the maturity level of processes and capabilities, so that they will continue to support growth.

What this will look like:

  • Capturing and passing on Reach knowledge.
  • Engaging through digital channels.
  • Strengthening brand awareness.
  • Exercising prudent financial management.

To be benefiting from and contributing to a relevant suite of partners and funders. To build a rich portfolio of partners and funders that will enable Reach to continue to implement its mission.

What this will look like:

  • Building and nurturing our school relationships.
  • Identifying collaboration opportunities.
  • Growing revenue opportunities.
  • Seeking new partners.

To build and refine a framework that enables sustainable geographic growth.

What this will look like:

  • Delivering the test Hunter Valley project.
  • Developing our NSW team.
  • Reviewing how we work across our ‘bases’.


The Reach Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of Reach. The Board delegates authority to manage the business of Reach, to the CEO and Leadership team.

Our Directors commit to a code of conduct, agree to uphold the values of Reach and exercise due care, skill and diligence in preserving, protecting and advancing Reach.

The Board meet regularly (about eight times per year) as a full group, as well contributing to our Board subcommittees and volunteering their time for workshops and training.

Meet our Board


The Reach Foundation is a public company limited by guarantee, incorporated and domiciled in Australia.

Our ABN is 87 069 837 627 and our registered office and principal place of business is:

The Reach Foundation
152-156 Wellington St.
Collingwood Victoria 3066

Reach is a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI). It’s endorsed as an Income Tax Exempt Charity, and enjoys certain other tax concessions and exemptions consistent with its status as a PBI which relate to Goods and Services and Fringe Benefits taxes. The Reach Foundation has been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR, Item 1).

Read our whistleblower policy here

Annual & Financial reports




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Reach was established in 1994 by co-founders, Jim Stynes OAM (AFL Brownlow Medallist, youth motivator, and Victorian of the Year 2003) and Australian film director, Paul Currie.

They had a vision – to inspire young people to believe in themselves and get the most out of life.

Combining Jim’s qualities of determination and resilience, and skills as speaker, with Paul’s experience as an acting coach, and techniques to connect with the ‘human condition’, Reach was created. The first workshops were run wherever they could find a space – sometimes in old warehouses or abandoned office spaces.

Since then, Reach has grown beyond Jim and Paul’s wildest dreams – with offices in Melbourne and Sydney, and over 50,000 teenagers participating in our workshops each year. Demand continues to increase and it seems all those years ago, Jim and Paul were on to something…!