Father Chris Riley

Founder and CEO of "Youth off the Streets"

Father Chris Riley

Father Chris Riley, Founder and CEO of Youth Off The Streets, has worked with disadvantaged youth for more than 35 years in a variety of roles including teacher, youth worker, probation officer, residential carer and principal. Father Riley officially founded Youth Off The Streets in 1991. As CEO of Youth Off The Streets, Father Riley oversees the operation of over 35 programs that employ over 180 staff and involve more than 250 volunteers. He has implemented innovative behaviour modification strategies to help young people deal with a history of trauma, abuse and neglect.

Many of these strategies have been adopted by schools across Australia and by Government
agencies. Father Chris Riley believes there is no such thing as a “child born bad”,but acknowledges that there are bad environments, circumstances and families that impact negatively on our young.

"We must have the courage to demand greatness from our youth."


See below for a preview of the interview with Father Chris.

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"The best strategy that I’ve ever come across with building strength is what we call ‘service learning’."

- Father Chris Riley

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"They said we were hopeless, we were no good, we were worthless, and I said, you will never use those words here."

- Father Chris Riley

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"I think, the greatest compliment to me was that I felt safe because you were around."

- Father Chris Riley