About Whitelion

Whitelion is charity established over 16 years ago to fill a desperate need in the community.  The charity opens doors to opportunities, positive relationships and community connections for youth at risk aged between 10 to 25 years old, with practical support such as mentoring programs, education and employment.

The young people Whitelion works with are among the most disadvantaged members of our community who often come from extremely abusive families, including sexual, drug or alcohol abuse. 

Whitelion helps young people find the courage to seek a better future and aims to break the cycle of substance abuse, criminal activity and incarceration by providing young people at risk with opportunities to make links and build relationships with the community with education and employment opportunities.  Past research shows that over 90% of young people involved in Whitelion’s mentoring programs do not reoffend.

You may be aware of the following staggering statistics:

  • There are 46,187 substantiated child protection reports each year
  • There are nearly 50,000 vulnerable young people in Australia and nearly 15,000 at high risk.
  • There are 32,400 young people between 12 to 24 years who are homeless in Australia.
  • For many years, hundreds of highly vulnerable young people have been engaged and helped by Whitelion nationally on a one-to-one basis.
  • Whitelion connects at risk young people with the community with effective and practical support to educate them to make positive and often life changing choice

Whitelion Service Delivery 2014                                              

  • 15,863 young people received support on the streets from our mobile bus services
  • 1,307 young people received intensive support
  • 434 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people were supported by Whitelion
  • 334 young people were enrolled in our learning centres
  • 318 young people were matched with a fully trained volunteer mentor
  • 526 young people received vocational support
  • 175 young people were employed

Whitelion is helped in its work by leaders in the community and highly successful individuals from sport, business, music, the arts and the wider community.  These people offer their time and resources to inspire, mentor, act as role models, and provide employment opportunities to young people.