About Us

Ladder is an independent not-for-profit organisation established in 2007 to help young people aged 16 - 25 break the cycle of homelessness.

Ladder gives young people the tools to take control of their lives, transition to independence and achieve their potential.

Ladder is a leading not-for-profit organisation, that has over 11-years experience providing tailored youth mentoring and development programs to young people in need in locations across Australia. Ladder Step Up, operating in Victoria and NSW, are specialist programs that support young people to build foundational living skills and engage in education, employment and training.

Our approach to working with young people is to focus on their strengths and what they can achieve, moving away from the cycle of disadvantage and negativity they may have experienced in their lives. It is about developing self confidence and helping young people to identify and achieve their life goals.

Ladder currently operates in Victoria, NSW and Western Australia with plans to have a presence within each region that hosts an AFL team by 2020.

AFL Industry

Ladder was founded by three AFL players who wanted to do more to help tackle youth homelessness. As a result, Ladder works closely with the AFL Players’ Association, the AFL and the players themselves.

The collective efforts of the AFL industry is making a significant difference in the lives of young people involved in Ladder's various programs.

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That young people who have experienced homelessness can transition into independent living and reach their true potential.


  1. Committed: We are transparent, efficient and accountable.
  2. Innovative: We are solution focused, collaborative and progressive.
  3. Passionate: We care about our people, the issue of youth homelessness and the mission of our organisation.


To empower young people to break the cycle of homelessness by harnessing the support of the AFL industry’s profile, networks and players.