The Model

The Victorian Education First Youth Foyers provide integrated learning and student accommodation in mainstream educational settings for young people aged 16–24 years, who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Grounded in the Open Talent approach, they are designed for young people who have the ambition and motivation to engage in education and training, but have been unable to do so due to a range of structural, institutional and personal barriers.

Developed by Hanover (now Launch Housing) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Model employed at the Kangan, Holmesglen and GOTAFE Foyers, has a number of key features that differentiates them from other Foyers in Australia and overseas:

  • Education First
  • An Open Talent approach
  • A multidisciplinary, 24/7 staff team
  • Mainstream location and engagement
  • A viable model
  • Evidence informed
  • Governed through 'top-down and bottom-up' partnerships.



EFY Foyers promote and foster positive health and wellbeing, and enable young people to build their social connections, as well as their links and contribution to the wider community.

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