The Youth Foyer approach

On Tuesday September 3rd, 1.30pm – 2.30pm at DoubleTree Hilton Alice Springs, NT Shelter are hosting a Youth Foyer forum to consider and explore the case for a Youth Foyer in Alice Springs: what could it look like, what benefit would it bring to young people as well as the wider community, what would it take to set-up the Model, and who needs to be involved? Youth Foyers are an internationally recognised pathway for young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, to develop skills and achieve independence.

Please let me know if you are able to attend, or register on Eventbrite here and please share this invitation with your networks. We’re really looking to extend the conversation around youth homelessness into all areas concerned with the welfare of young people: including education, health, youth justice, and particularly to young people themselves.

Our presenter, Youth Foyer expert Molly O’Shaughnessy, has studied international models of foyers: UK, Canada and USA (NT Churchill Fellow 2014), and has an understanding of the Northern Territory context having worked in the Territory’s Youth Refuge, Transitional Housing and Domestic & Family Violence service sector. Molly is currently the Senior Manager of Accommodation at a youth homelessness service in Victoria.

About this Event: Responding to the needs of young people experiencing homelessness in Central Australia: The Youth Foyer approach 

Despite its relative population size, the Northern Territory has the equal highest rate of youth homelessness in Australia. Approximately 6,678 young people in the Territory don’t have a safe place to sleep tonight. Nearly half of all people experiencing homelessness in the Territory are under 24 years and 16.5% of all Territorians under the age of 18 are experiencing homelessness.

Everyone deserves a safe place to spend the night. Youth homelessness often caused by family breakdown or domestic and family violence. For young people in the care and protection system, many exit the system into homelessness. It is essential that new approaches are considered for the young people of Central Australia.

NT Shelter is hosting a public forum in Alice Springs to consider and explore the case for a Youth Foyer in Alice Springs: what could it look like, what benefit would it bring to young people as well as the wider community, what would it take to set-up the Model, and who needs to be involved?

*Afternoon tea will be available*

Speakers:

Youth Foyer expert Molly O’Shaughnessy has studied international models of foyers: UK, Canada and USA (NT Churchill Fellow 2014), and has an understanding of the Northern Territory context having worked in the Territory’s Youth Refuge, Transitional Housing and Domestic & Family Violence service sector. Molly is currently the Senior Manager of Accommodation at a youth homelessness service in Victoria.

*Other speakers to be confirmed*

About Youth Foyers:

Youth Foyers are an internationally recognised pathway for young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, to develop skills and achieve independence. While a number of different Foyer models are run across the world, at their core, Youth Foyers provide young people aged 16-25 with affordable accommodation while they are engaged in education or training. Youth Foyer programs have been marked as a priority in the Northern Territory Government’s 2018-23 Homelessness Strategy.