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Council recognises YFS Men4Respect for making Logan safer

A YFS program that backs young men to challenge violence-supportive attitudes and actions has taken out a 2020 Logan City Council Safe City Award.

Launched in late 2019, Men4Respect has been recognised for helping make Logan more welcoming, inclusive and safe.

YFS chief executive Cath Bartolo congratulated the team on their win.

“We are all proud of our Men4Respect youth ambassadors for leading local efforts to prevent violence among men from a young age,” Ms Bartolo said.

“They are supporting young men to understand the line between what is healthy and what is harmful in relationships and redefining what it means to ‘be a man’.

“Thank you Logan City Council for recognising this important contribution to making the greater Logan community safer.”

Earlier in the year, YFS piloted Men4Respect with young men in three settings: Marsden and Beenleigh State High Schools and Logan Youth Justice Centre.

Men4Respect youth ambassadors delivered education sessions and group activities with 39 young people aged 12 to 17, aiming to challenge attitudes and actions that support violence.

“An evaluation of the pilot found the youth ambassadors were very successful,” Ms Bartolo said.

“We knew the program would work because we made sure it was based on research.

“In 2019, ANROWS released findings demonstrating more work must be done to transform young men’s attitudes and beliefs.

“Men4Respect is based on those findings.”

The Men4Respect pilot was developed with support from the Presentation Sisters and the Queensland Government Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.

YFS is looking for people and organisations to sponsor Men4Respect youth ambassadors.

$1000 will fund one upstanding young adult in the community to take on this role for one year.

This amount covers a Youth Ambassador’s training and the materials they use to deliver sessions.

Phone (07) 3826 1500 to find out more.

The Men4Respect award win is on top of a string of awards won by YFS programs in recent years.

Just last year, Men4Respect’s sister program R4Respect took out the gold award in the 2019 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards.

Who is YFS?

YFS is a not for profit delivering a range of services to the people of Logan and surrounds. We cater to people who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or want to improve their circumstance. Started in 1983 to provide support to at risk young people and families, YFS has evolved into a very diverse organisation with a multitude of services delivered in Logan and surrounding areas, including Redlands.


For more information contact

Phone: 3826 1500

Judith Hunter | Email: [email protected]
Nathan Francis | Email: [email protected]