STREAT was established in 2009 as a social enterprise to support young people who are homeless. Its first café site was opened in Federation Square in March 2010 with the majority of participants successfully moving on to full apprenticeships and employment after their STREAT training and support.

In 2017 STREAT is an outstanding success. Since 2009 the following has been achieved:
• 520 young people have been trained
• 52,000 hours of support and training have been provided to young people
• 1.5 million customers have been served
• eight social enterprise initiatives have been established.

And, Bec Scott, Co-founder and CEO says “we are just getting started!”

STREAT has won the tender to run the Bowen Street Café at RMIT in the CBD. Given the rich history of the site and in particular, the role of newsboys in the area, the Bowen Street Café will have a newsboys theme. Historical stories will be told through the café – providing an ideal opportunity to bring the newsboys story alive in a public space that provides training and employment opportunities for homeless young people.