The Doxa Youth Foundation is celebrating fifty years of expanding opportunities and building special memories for children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

It is a community-based organisation established by Father Joe Giacobbe in 1972. He was keen for DYF not to pursue government funding so that it could flexibly respond to community need. Since its inception, DYF has delivered a portfolio of constantly evolving, innovative services.



Malmsbury Residential Camp opened to ensure that children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds had access to the positive experiences offered by camps.


The Cadetship programme was established to assist motivated and talented young people to succeed at university and to enhance their employability.


The Doxa Melbourne School opened to provide support and a tailored education programme for students who were struggling in mainstream education.


A second Doxa School was set up in Bendigo.


The Doxa City Camp began operating from our Elizabeth Street venue.


Doxa designed and implemented a package of programmes to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to finish secondary education and go onto university. 


On Sunday afternoon October 2, the Doxa Youth Foundation hosted a golden jubilee party at its Malmsbury Camp.  DYF was celebrating 50 years of improving the lives of children and young people in challenging circumstances.

Over 300 adults and children attended.  There was a large contingent of those involved with Doxa over the years as well as local residents who came along to join in the fun and frivolity.

There was delicious food all day long and lots to and see and do, pony rides, face painting, archery, climbing walls, trampolines and a roving magician. A special treat was the arrival of the Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy and a session chaired by TV personality, Shawn Cosgrove where he introduced and asked questions of racing celebrities.

Julie Harrison, CEO said “there is a long-term link between the Doxa Youth Foundation and the racing industry as it raised the funds to establish the organisation way back in 1972.”


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Doxa acknowledges the Traditional Owners of our lands and pay respect to their elders – past, present and emerging.