That was the message when WA Governor and Fairbridge patron Malcolm McCusker cut ribbons to launch the new Fairbridge Centre for Social Innovation and new training rooms, built on the original site of former Fairbridge Farm classrooms.
The centre will evaluate and research the outcomes of Fairbridge programs and projects with disadvantaged young people and their families, establishing what works and why.
That knowledge will guide the improvement of programs and initiatives and will be made available to other community organisations across Australia.
Mr McCusker said the facilities, brought in on time and on budget, would be the envy of many.
A graduation ceremony celebrating the achievements of Fairbridge students, trainees and apprentices followed.
Training at Fairbridge focuses on providing appropriate accredited training for young people who have not been successful in the formal education and training system.
The aim is to help these young people build a history of success in their training instead of failure.