YPA opened its youth shelter to the public on Monday

Young People Ahead opened the doors of its youth shelter on Monday, welcoming visitors to view its home for children in crisis.

YOUNG PEOPLE AHEAD: Visitors to Mount Isa Youth Shelter Open Day Tracey Nemo (14) and Kiarna Nemo (13) enjoy a sisterly game of pool on the deck. Photo: Esther MacIntyre

YOUNG PEOPLE AHEAD: Visitors to Mount Isa Youth Shelter Open Day Tracey Nemo (14) and Kiarna Nemo (13) enjoy a sisterly game of pool on the deck. Photo: Esther MacIntyre

Locals from various organisations attended, including case workers from YPA’s YES program, Children Youth and Families, Gidgee Healing, and Police Liason Officer George Leon.

The shelter receives many referrals from other services such as Headspace, Centrecare, Police, and Injilinji Youth Centre.

Funded by the Department of Housing, the shelter provides emergency accommodation, food, and individual counselling for up to 10 young people at a time.

The shelter has been helping young people since 1983, and moved to its current residence at 60 Spence Street, Mount Isa in 2012.

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