Foyer Foundation [Website]Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic Foyer Foundation 2021Subject(s): Youth Services For | Youth Foyers | Community of Practice | Advantaged Thinking | Disadvantaged Youth | Disadvantaged GroupsOnline Resources: Foyer Foundation website | National Foyer Community of Practice
Link to Foyer Foundation website and National Foyer Community of Practice page. Updated 2-21
In 2017 the Foyer Foundation embarked upon an important partnership with the national anti-poverty organisation, the Brotherhood of St Laurence. This partnership enables the Foundation to expand the Foyer concept to new communities across the nation and tap into the extensive knowledge, service development and research expertise of the Brotherhood of St Laurence - website (who we are)
The Community of Practice harnesses effort and expertise at a national level to: •Share expertise to identify ‘what works’ across Foyers. •To ensure that research informs practice and contributes to a cycle of continuous improvement, and that there is rigour to data collection, evaluation and monitoring efforts. - National Foyer Community of Practice page. •Provide guidance on the development or refinement of tools and resources to support service delivery, and share these amongst members of the CoP to enhance practice. •Share and identify opportunities for innovation and improvement, including potential partnerships. •Identify and develop opportunities for campaigning about Youth Foyers within the broader service system
Foyers provide a point in time service that enable young people in transition to develop and achieve educational and employment pathways, exiting in a sustainable way from welfare and service dependence. While there are programs in both the education and homelessness sectors that seek to support young people experiencing disadvantage with their education or accommodation across Australia, there are almost no fully integrated service models focused on education and employment outcomes. The key to the model lies in the provision of stable accommodation for up to two years in a supported, congregate living environment. For young people who are unable to rely on family support in this critical developmental stage, Foyers provide the time, personalised attention, mentoring, coaching and access to opportunities needed to lead fulfilling, independent and productive lives. A Youth Foyer is much more than a supported accommodation facility, or welfare program. Utilising an ‘Advantaged Thinking’ approach, Foyers seek to tap into the goals and ambitions of young people and nurture their talents while building skills for life. At heart, the Foyer model is based on the life-changing proposition that the most constructive thing we can do for young people is to ensure they become educated, employable and empowered so they can build better lives for themselves, and achieve genuine independence.