Whitelion is a not-for-profit organisation established and incorporated in 1999, endorsed as an Income Tax Exempt Charitable Entity and a Deductible Gift Recipient. Our head office is located in West Melbourne, and we also have offices throughout VIC, TAS, SA and NSW.
"Whitelion provides a great service to the Victorian community as it reconnects troubled young people with their local communities to prevent re-offending and more importantly works closely with disconnected young people to prevent them from offending in the first place. It is in everyone’s interest to keep young people out of the criminal justice system if at all possible. Whitelion makes a significant and valuable contribution to this end."
"As a policeman and as a father, I know how important it is for young people to have a strong positive role model to guide them through life’s challenges. I commend Whitelion’s approach of one-on-one mentoring and believe the positive impact Whitelion’s mentors will have on these young people will remain with them for life." (Simon Overland, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner 2011)
Our Vision: Whitelion supports disadvantaged young people to live more positive and fulfilled lives.
Our Mission: To build meaningful relationships and create opportunities that enable highly vulnerable and high risk young people to reconnect with society and reach their full potential.
Committed Whitelion staff and volunteers will ‘hang in there’ with young people no matter what.
Real Whitelion staff and volunteers will be open, honest and genuine in their dealings with young people, their families, colleagues and other partners and stakeholders.
Collaborative Whitelion staff and volunteers will work in partnership with a range of community stakeholders.
Compassionate Whitelion staff and volunteers will work in a concerned, caring and kind way.
Courageous Whitelion staff and volunteers will not hesitate to provide- and/or advocate for - the best of all possible outcomes on behalf of highly vulnerable and high risk young people.
Innovative Whitelion staff and volunteers will explore new ways of working and adopt those that have proven to be successful.
Professional Whitelion staff and volunteers aspire to meet consistent standards of best practice and provide clear expectations of professional accountabilities and responsibilities to all stakeholders.
Whitelion is about making a positive difference in the lives of young people - If you share our dream and vision, please come and join us.
We wouldn’t be here without the support of our partners and funders, including government, philanthropic, corporate and individual supporters. Visit the Whitelion Partners page to find out about our wonderful supporters.
We rely on donations of professional services, in-kind support and our many volunteers to achieve our objectives. For lots of ways to contribute, click on 'Get Involved'.
We hold various fundraising events every year – check out what’s coming up, and come along to find out more about us.