SCARF Youth programs support young people from refugee backgrounds to thrive in their new community.


Our youth programs aim to guide young refugees (aged 12-24 years) through their transition to life in Australia, with targeted programs promoting wellbeing, personal development, social engagement, and positive leadership. Youth programs include a range of social, recreational, and educational activities.

Many children arrive in the Illawarra after years in refugee camps, and struggle to process the trauma which they have seen and been through.

For some, life is very hard. SCARF activities, and the support of SCARF volunteers, helps to boost self-confidence, reveal strengths, and encourage youth to do their best at school or university. SCARF hosts youth consultations to ensure that activities for youth meet the key interests and needs within this diverse community.

Education Programs

Ongoing education programs include Homework Help, Homework Club and At-Home Tutoring.

SCARF Youth Camp 2016

SCARF Youth Camp 2016

Social Activities

We run fun activities in safe, happy environments. Social initiatives for youth vary from year to year, and in the past have included belly-dancing and drumming workshops, social hangouts at Sifters, theatre improvisation classes,  art, music and dance classes, choir, First Aid Courses, leadership sessions, team sports, personal development camps (for boys and girls), surf and swimming lessons, sight-seeing trips, picnics and social outings.

Youth Leadership Program: Let’s Lead

The Let’s Lead program is a new year-long leadership program for young people (aged 16-24 from a refugee background) to develop their capacities to lead through thoughts, words, and actions. The program has been developed by SCARF in partnership with Explore-Discover-Act.

In the past SCARF has supported youth to attend other youth programs:

If you are a SCARF Youth, join our private SCARF Youth Facebook Group to connect with others and find out about upcoming Youth activities.