YMCA Bridge Project Breakfast 2017

Friday 11 August

7am – 9am

Melbourne Myer Mural Hall

Our stories

There are always two sides to a story and at YMCA Bridge Project, we intend to tell both sides.

By hiring a young person through YMCA Bridge Project you have the power to change a life and join a community program that is supported by over a 100 Victorian businesses and organisations.

Watch the videos below and above, to meet young people who became connected to YMCA Bridge Project while in the judicial system. Learn how the value of a job can change a young person’s outlook and future. As well as the other side to the story – meet current employers who have given a young offender a second chance by providing employment opportunities.

*Name changed

Michael* & Stan

Moemoe* & Derek

Jamie* & Damien


Event Details

Thank you for your interest in the YMCA Bridge Project Breakfast 2017.
Registration to attend the Bridge Project Breakfast is now closed.


If you are attending the Bridge Project Breakfast on Friday 11 August and have not yet disclosed your dietary information, please contact Zoe Robbins or call 0431 299 404


Myer Mural Hall
Guest entrance to Mural Hall is located off Postal Lane. To access Postal Lane, please walk along Little Bourke Street, accessed from either Elizabeth or Swanston Street. Guest entrance is opposite the Mantra on Little Bourke Street

Please see the auction and raffle prizes here.

Doors open 6:45am for a prompt 7am start.

More than just a breakfast

On 11 August, join businesses and organisational change-makers committed to stopping the cycle of crime. Since 2006, YMCA Bridge Project has been connecting young offenders with employers who can give them a second chance.

What is the value of a job?

It’s a proud phone call to Mum or Dad. An alarm going off each morning for a reason. A future without crime. And on the other side of the story is the employer who saw a young person who wanted an opportunity to get their life back on track.

Number of young people connected to jobs through Bridge


Number of jobs needed this year


Funds raised at 2016 Bridge event


The Breakfast

By attending Bridge Breakfast on 11 August you will learn that a second chance is all the difference a young offender needs. A young person’s life can be transformed if you take a chance and give them a job. This change, starts with you.

On 11 August we ask you to come prepared. Bridge Project would not be possible without all those who have offered employment in the past, as well of those who have donated to the cause. Whether you offer a job, buy a raffle ticket, or make a donation, your contribution directly helps young people in need.

Join us, join the change-makers, join your community – secure your tickets at an early bird price. Valid for four weeks only.

The YMCA Bridge Project

Bridge Project has been providing support, training, and employment opportunities, to young people that have been through the judicial system. Currently the re-offending rate of young people who leave custody in Victoria is over 50%. However, for young people who take part in the Bridge Project, this rate drops to just 3%. This reduction has the potential to save the Victorian Government $2.5 million per year.
Our annual breakfast is an opportunity to look beyond sensationalist newspaper headlines and instead focus on real solutions that create safer and more inclusive communities.

Last year at the YMCA Bridge Project 10th Anniversary Dinner we raised $174,936 and 32 young people were given a second chance through employment opportunities.

It’s a huge achievement but no number can explain the true value of getting a job. Help us make a difference.

Fill a table, bring your friends, or your colleagues, and witness on 11 August how you can transform a young person’s life. Buy tickets here.


Contact us

For media enquiries please contact:

Shannon McKeogh or call 0412 612 039

For general enquiries please contact:

Zoe Robbins or call 0431 299 404