How Shepparton Education First Youth Foyer support homeless youth | Youth Insearch


Thu, 18/04/2019 - 13:14



Berry Street and Beyond Housing Network, working in partnership with GOTAFE, have been appointed as the service providers to deliver an Education First Youth Foyer in Shepparton Victoria for 40 young people, aged 16-24.

The Education First Youth Foyer (Youth Foyer) has a core focus on education and provides secure housing as a means of enabling young people to focus on their studies. This is achieved by providing accommodation to young people who are homeless (or at risk of homelessness), and who are studying or want to study. It also provides opportunities to develop career aspirations, gain work experience, and build a pathway to sustainable employment.

The Youth Foyer makes an ongoing investment in the future of greater Shepparton by providing young people with the support, skills and tools necessary to become independent adults.

As part of the efforts to support young people, Natalie from Youth Foyer has referred 7 young people to Youth Insearch to date, one of whom are starting the Youth Insearch Leaders Training course in 2019, and Natalie has herself attended two Youth Insearch weekend workshops as a Support Adult.

This collaborative relationship between Youth Insearch and Youth Foyer enables the delivery of key benefits and avenues of change to vulnerable youth in Victoria.

I'm glad these camps are available to young people, I work with youth and have never seen young people able to feel safe enough among others to get vulnerable and really feel and understand their feelings.  It provides them with an opportunity to get deep, open up and begin to heal.”
– Natalie, Youth Development Worker at Youth Foyer, and Youth Insearch Referrer and Support Adult


Young people: How to apply to Shepparton Education First Youth Foyer

To be eligible you must be:

  • Aged 16 – 24 years
  • Unable to live at home
  • Keen to get into education and training
  • Willing to make a commitment to stay in education and/or training

If you are eligible, you must complete the readiness form and submit your completed form directly to the Education First Youth Foyer in Shepparton.

For further information and a link to the Youth Foyer Readiness Form, visit the Berry Street or Beyond Housing website.