Local catering enterprise Emerge will be hosting its first drop in night for youth aged 13 to 18 at its dedicated youth hub.

The event, held on 22 February, will include a free sausage sizzle, music, board games, and the chance to paint art on the Emerge building wall.

Emerge is a social enterprise initiative that focuses on training and mentoring youth between the ages of 14 to 25 who face disadvantage and hardship due to homelessness, poverty, drug abuse and family violence or breakdown.

The organisation aims to provide a training program of difference that meets young people where they are at, to help them reach their potential.

Through a holistic program that focuses on health, practical job training and essential life skills, it encourages young people to use their past as their purpose, to create a positive future.

Emerge combines a catering company, a youth space and programs aimed at empowering and enriching the lives of young people.

Its aim is to provide young people with access to youth focussed workshops and events, resources and mentors that will help build a positive community for youth in the Toowoomba region.

Emerge was founded by Jen Shaw, a social entrepreneur, author and local mother of seven who draws from her own experience as a young person who faced disadvantage, including homelessness and family violence. She believes that with opportunity, belief and mentors that care, barriers can turn into opportunities.

“Using my experience in their shoes, their voices, and the support and love of holistic mentors and professionals in our region, we can create waves of change for the future of our community,” Ms Shaw said.

All are invited to drop in to Emerge on Thursday 22 February, at the  youth hub at 84BB Russell Street, Toowoomba.

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