Daystar Foundation opened its doors to support the children and youth of South West Sydney in 2001. Founder & CEO Kingi Williams, a local Campbelltown community member, had become increasingly concerned at the growing number of young people not engaging in their schools and community.
Aware of the harsh statistics regarding the emotional, social and financial problems facing young people in our society, Kingi felt compelled to act, and so Daystar Foundation was born.
From 2001 to 2013, Daystar Foundation focused on working with schools in the communities of Campbelltown.
Today, we continue to work in the Campbelltown community, however we relocated our office to the Bonnyrigg Youth Centre in 2013, which enabled us to broaden the communities we serve.
Knowing the growing challenges in the Fairfield and Liverpool LGAs, this was a natural progression in Daystar Foundation’s growth.
Theologian, Kingi Williams, launched the Daystar Foundation in 2001 to bring attention to the pressing social issues impacting local youths in his Campbelltown neighbourhood. Daystar dedicated ten years to youth intervention, mentorship and rehabilitation programs, contributing to the reduction of youth suicide and improving youth engagement in local Schools. Enduring partnerships with Schools, teachers, principals, law enforcers and youth groups exposed Kingi and Daystar to the endemic issues causing economic hardship for families within his community.
In 2012 the neighbouring city of Fairfield commenced a refugee settlement program, welcoming 51% of Australia’s humanitarian visas over 8 years. With this influx of new arrivals came an increased representation of disadvantage due to language and skills barriers. With the rapid changes in the community, poverty drivers became the primary focus.
In recognition of growing need, Daystar expanded in 2013 to include programs in service to all disadvantaged community members, giving priority to unemployment, economic hardship and mental health.
19 years later, 23 partners and 13 enduring programs, Daystar has directly touched the lives of 2 million people and evolved from a tailored youth support model into a poverty alleviation organisation, building output to the wider community of Fairfield, Liverpool and Campbelltown.
Today Daystar connects partners and resources to fund work skills programs, food relief, free school breakfasts, English language programs, mentorship and literacy for primary school children.
Offering an open door and a caring hand to new settlers, troubled youth and disadvantaged families in the South Western Sydney community.