About SU QLD
At SU QLD, our VISION is to see each child and young person connected and supported in community, serving others, and experiencing fullness of life.
Our MISSION is to bring God’s love, hope and good news to children and young people.
In all that we do, we seek to uphold our core VALUES: respect; stewardship; discovery; that children and young people matter; and that we work together to positively influence children's lives.
These rest upon our FOUNDATION: with Jesus as our example, we seek to model the compassion and teaching woven through the Gospel. We are committed to thoughtful reading of the Bible and prayer.
As a practical outworking of this mission, SU QLD runs more than 100 camps, holiday programs and community outreach events each year, as well as working with hundreds of ‘at-risk’ young people, and supplying school chaplains to provide social, emotional and spiritual support to more than 800 school communities across Queensland.
Why We Are Here
According to a national research study in child health, 27% of Year 4 to Year 9 students were bullied every few weeks or more during a school term.^ On top of this, 14% of children and adolescents aged 4 to 17 are dealing with mental health or behavioural problems.#
SU QLD is bringing hope to these children through school chaplaincy. A 2009 national study* found that 98% of school principals surveyed believed that chaplaincy services were making a major contribution to school morale, stating it was 'proactive, unique, effective and important'. There are still over 400 state schools in Queensland and more than 120,000 students without access to a chappy.
We have also been given countless stories of children's lives impacted because of an SU QLD camp, and family relationships being restored. This year, we have a growing number of camps and at-risk programs, and still the same number of staff and volunteers delivering and maintaining these programs.