Getting your school involved in raising awareness and funds for a worthy cause is a great way to encourage social awareness and responsibility among students of any age.

Much like your school, here at Brisbane Youth Service we are committed to the futures of young people.

However, around half of the young people we meet are experiencing homelessness—your school can help support them on their journey to a better and brighter future.

There are three main ways your school can help:

1. Raise vital funds

We have an ongoing, urgent need for funds to help bridge the gap between what we receive in funding and the increasing demand for our services and programs.

Your school’s fundraising efforts will go towards providing:

  • Essential medicines to alleviate chronic and acute conditions
  • Resources to reengage young people with education or training e.g. books, uniforms, excursion fees, laptop etc.
  • Support for young people to gain employment e.g. transport fares, clothing, training etc.
  • Physical and social activities to help young people create positive change and reduce isolation
  • Home Essentials or Set-Up Kits for young people transitioning from homelessness into their own home e.g. furniture, whitegoods, appliances, linen, kitchenware, small essentials etc.

There are many opportunities throughout the year around which your P&C Committee, Student Council, students, teachers or leaders could plan a fundraising activity, project or event. This could be a simple as sharing information or doing a project around the issue of youth homelessness and holding a Free Dress Day for a gold coin donation. Check out our Events Calendar for key dates and other useful resources here.

2. Spread awareness

Help us to raise awareness by encouraging conversations around the issue of youth homelessness in your community and connecting and engaging with us on social media.

3. Advocate for change

It’s important to remember that young people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage have the same needs, hopes and aspirations as other young people. It is crucial that they have access to affordable, safe and secure housing located close to community centres, transport, employment, education and training opportunities.

You can lend your support by signing the Everybody’s Home partition or reaching out to your local candidate asking them to fix our broken housing system. To learn more about the Everybody’s Home campaign and what specific actions they’re asking the Government to take to address Australia’s homelessness crisis, click here.

If you would like to talk to us about ways your school can support Brisbane Youth Service or about becoming a School Community Partner, please contact us:

Our School Community Partners receive:

  • Brisbane Youth Service representative visits to your school bi-annually to talk to students either in class or on assembly
  • Opportunities to engage with Brisbane Youth Service programs on-site (assessed on a case-by-case basis and where deemed safe and appropriate to do so)
  • Public recognition as a School Community Partner in Brisbane Youth Service digital media (website, social media, eNewsletter) and our Annual Report