Key Partners

Platform Youth Service
Platform Youth Services is an accommodation and specialist youth homelessness service in the Blue Mountains, Penrith and Hawkesbury area. MYST is a primary partner in the delivery of the Nepean Blue Mountains Young People’s Homelessness and Housing Support Service.

Wesley Mission
Wesley Mission is a Christian faith based service provider offering support and advocacy for the most vulnerable members of our society. MYST delivers Outdoor Explore, and adventure based therapy program for Wesley Mission as part of its Youth Hope program.

NSW Department of Education
MYST works closely with Blaxland, Winmalee, Springwood and Katoomba High Schools in the delivery of personal development and therapy based programs, which are designed to support students to remain engaged in their education.

Juvenile Justice
JJ provide services to young offenders to decrease their reoffending and increase their capacity to successfully reintegrate into their communities. MYST works with JJ in the delivery of case conferencing, case management, the developing and monitoring of outcome plans and the delivery on youth engagement programs.

The Stronger Families Alliance
SFA is network of government, non-profit and voluntary organisations working together to bring friendship, fun and professional support to Blue Mountains families. MYST is a member of the alliance and plays a pivotal role in representing and implementing initiatives relating to young people.

Youth Action & Policy Association of NSW
Youth Action is the peak organisation representing young people and youth services in NSW. Youth Action works towards a society where all young people are supported, engaged and valued. MYST works directly and indirectly with Youth Action on a range of policy and sector reform initiatives.

Blue Mountains Youth Mental Illness
and Substance Abuse Network

YMISA is a network of agencies and individuals, both government and non-government, working to improve the mental health outcomes of young people living in the Blue Mountains. MYST is the lead agency in a number of YMISA initiatives including research, staff training, sector networking and a range harm minimization campaigns.

Individueller Jugendhilfe Service
IJS is not-for-profit youth services organisation based in Dusseldorf, Germany, that provides services within the “Hilfen zur Erziehung“, translated “statutory socio- educational provisions for children with problems”. MYST will be partnering with IJS in 2015/2016 during the implementation of the Professional Individualized Care (PIC) model of out-of-home-care.

State Debt Recovery
State Debt Recovery is responsible for the receipt and processing of fines issued by various government agencies and authorities, and administering the fine enforcement system for the collection of unpaid fines. MYST works with SDR in the administration of work and development orders, which allow clients to reduce their fines through unpaid work and through certain courses or treatment.


Generous support by both government funding bodies and commercial organisations and business enables MYST to carry out its work in supporting the development of disadvantaged and at-risk young people.

MYST is very pleased to give warm thanks to all its sponsors for their valuable support.

Thanks also go to the volunteer members of the associations Management Committee who give freely of their time to ensure the ongoing sound governance of the organisation.

Damian M Cooper

Funding Partners:
NSW The Department of Family Community Services
Mental Health Council of Australia
Family Planning NSW

Community Partners:
Blue Mountains City Council
Platform Youth Services
Springwood Rotary Club
Upper Blue Sunrise Rotary Club

Business Donors:
Mountain High Pies Wentworth Falls - 4757 4607
Bike Minded Wentworth Falls - 4757 4607
LTD Truck and Bus Rental Katoomba - 4780 0780
Blue Mountains Adventure Company - 4782 1271
Katoomba RSL Katoomba - 4782 2624

Corporate Donors:


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Leah Hutton - 0435 898 569
Case Manager - The Glue Factory

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Jim Wood - 0423 485 873
Youth Work Specialist

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Justin Hopper - 0488 045 843
Katoomba Youth Centre - Youth Worker

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Leah Hutton - 0435 898 569
Case Manager - The Glue Factory

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Jim Wood - 0423 485 873
Youth Work Specialist

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Justin Hopper - 0488 045 843
Katoomba Youth Centre - Youth Worker

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Sue Huhen - 0468 912 981
Adolescent and Family Counsellor

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Sara Dynes - 0477 017 880
Case Manager - The Glue Factory

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Maddy Forwood - 0421 389 790
Senior Youth Work Specialist

"As an adolescent struggling with a range of personal issues having someone that my daughter could relate to was invaluable. I am both a parent and high school teacher so I recognise the need for this critical support for young people. What the MYST team offers is transformative."


MYST (ABN: 19 942 569 473) is a public benevolent institution endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a deductible gift recipient under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
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MYST acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional lands of the Darug and Gundungurra peoples. MYST recognises the strength, capacity and resilience of past and presentAboriginal people in this region we we offer our respect to the Elders both past and present of theBlue Mountains.


MYST does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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