We don’t want to see a group of teenagers turning to the charity sector, as it seems to be becoming increasingly difficult to find work for young people.
This month, for example, Teen Good found that the number of teenage jobseekers has dropped by a quarter.
But the charity also has to deal with a growing demand for volunteers and support staff, as well as rising demand for goods and services such as healthcare and childcare.
And there’s still a lot of work to do.
There are currently more than 40,000 people volunteering at Teen Good, including 6,000 teenagers aged 16 to 19.
Of those, only half are employed full-time.
In the first half of 2018, the charity saw a further 12,000 volunteers sign up for jobs.
And while there is a huge opportunity for young Australians to gain valuable skills in the sector, the organisation is now facing an increase in demand for its help with the logistics of its work.
The job market has grown by more than 30 per cent since 2016, according to research conducted by the Commonwealth Government.
There have been around 1.2 million people aged 16 and under who applied for employment in the last 12 months.
But as with the recruitment of youth in the past, many of those jobs are at the bottom of the ladder.
Many of these jobs are often at risk of being lost to the private sector.
So Teen Good is trying to ensure its volunteers get the best possible skills.
“We have a very competitive recruitment system, so if you have an exciting idea and you want to get into the industry, we would like to see you in the industry,” said Young Lives Executive Director, Lisa Brown.
“It’s about giving back and working with people who are looking to contribute to the community.”
That’s why Teen Good will be hiring more volunteers in coming months.
It is also working with other organisations in the community to help people in the hospitality industry who are experiencing difficulties.
For example, the Victorian Government has created a support centre in the city to assist young people who need help with their paperwork and visa applications.
Teen Good hopes to eventually expand the centres to cover all the industries it is working in.
“Our aim is to be the main resource for young and young-at-heart and be able to connect with the community, and get the word out,” Ms Brown said.
“If there’s one thing we can do to help, it’s to keep young people connected with the industry.”