Lighthouse Youth Projects Inc is a registered charity and volunteer supported not-for-profit organisation sharing a love of riding and living life to the fullest. We strive to help kids at risk of not being awesome, empowering young people for a successful future.
We work with disadvantaged kids, supporting them into positive pathways through our Cycle of Change and Behind Bars programs, community events, BMX coaching and life skills mentoring.
Our passion is sharing our skills, energy and enthusiasm for livin' life to the max with a new generation of young shredders and encouraging everyone around us to get stoked on life!
Lighthouse Youth Projects was set up with the vision to give every child in Australia, regardless of their disadvantage, the opportunity to ride a bike with someone passionate enough to care, willing to see their potential and encourage them to make a change for the good. We strive to give every child the chance to be amazing!
We believe that bicycles can change lives and be a springboard to a new positive way of living, whilst simultaneously helping with the stresses of our lives. We try to practise what we preach every day by living life to the fullest, sharing our passion, and giving back to communities we are a part of in any way possible.
Jamie and Ryan share a longstanding love of BMX and cycling, borne of a lifetime spent riding trails, tackling jumps, performing tricks and forming lasting friendships through a love of bikes.
In 2013 Ryan broke his back while riding in New Zealand and, concurrently, the business Jamie had built up from the ground lay in ruins. Oftentimes, when the chips are down, new opportunities come knocking; and sometimes these are opportunities you actually need to create for yourself.
It was at this point that the two realised they had more to offer society than what they were contributing in regular 9-5 jobs. Deciding to harness their passion for riding and the benefits and life skills it can bring, they created Lighthouse Youth Projects with a vision to inspire disadvantaged kids to do something with their lives, breaking free from opportunity limiting behaviours.
How can I help?
There are many opportunities to help LYP with the delivery of our programs or events. If you are interested in volunteering, find more information about the type of help we are looking for on our [Volunteers](https://lighthouseyp.org/volunteers) page. If you have a particular skill to share or idea in mind please contact [Jamie](mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org) or [Ryan](mailto:email@example.com).
How do I donate?
Visit our [Donate](https://lighthouseyp.org/donate) page for more information on donating funds towards Lighthouse Youth Projects and our programs.
What will my donation be put towards?
Lighthouse Youth Projects apportions donations where need is most prevalent. This may include bike repair, food supplies for our participants or mentor upskilling programs. If you have a particular cause you would like to donate to, please choose the option from the drop down menu on our [Donate](https://lighthouseyp.org/donate) page. Donations are fully tax deductible.
How does my child get involved with Cycle of Change?
Please visit [What We Do](https://lighthouseyp.org/what-we-do) to find out more about Cycle of Change and how kids can become involved.
When is the next Concrete Session?
Check out our [Events](https://lighthouseyp.org/events) page for information about our next Concrete Session.
Where can I get some Lighthouse Youth Projects stickers?
If you'd like to receive some of our official stickers, [donate](https://lighthouseyp.org/donate) $10 towards Lighthouse Youth Projects volunteer driven programs aimed at helping kids at risk via our [donation form](https://lighthouseyp.org/donate). Follow it up with an [email](mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org) including your postal address and a receipt number and we'll send you out a few stickers as a small thank you from us here at LYP for supporting the cause.
This is our story. It's the essence of who we are at Lighthouse, why we do what we do, and how this can change the lives of the kids we reach.