A recent longitudinal study, based on over 100 interviews and 1000 surveys with young people over a five year period, found that 85 % of foyer participants worked or studied in the year after leaving this life-changing program. Those living in their own place (mostly in private rentals) increased from 7% at entry to 43% at exit, and to 51% a year later. Educational attainment was also impressive: the percentage who had completed at least Year 12 or a Certificate III increased from 42% at entry to 67% at exit and 75% after an entire year.
Our approach is working because it speaks powerfully to the theme that “homelessness is more than rooflessness”.
SOURCE: Lenneberg, Conny*. “Youth Foyer model, an education first approach to tackling homelessness.” John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations [8 August 2019] viewed 20 August 2019.
*Conny Lenneberg was appointed Executive Director, Brotherhood of St Laurence, in February 2018.
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