Kiara is determined to get back on her feet

Kiara is determined to get back on her feet

In late 2018, Year 11 student, Kiara was living in a refuge and at risk of leaving school early. She had an uncertain future but was determined to get
back on her feet.

Fast forward six months and Kiara is living at the Kangan Education First Youth Foyer in Broadmeadows. She is about to celebrate her 18th birthday and is smiling with pride as she plans her future.

Kiara is on track to finish Year 12, is working parttime and involved in many social and leadership activities at the Foyer. She hopes to study for a
Diploma in Community Services after finishing school.

Kiara also appreciates the support she gets from Foyer staff when her day has been overwhelming. “If you want to talk to someone, it’s always ok to
have a chat with one of the workers, they are so friendly.”

The Foyer provides a sense of belonging too. “I like that every Sunday we have a cook up – students and workers make a meal together and anyone can come down and eat. It makes new students who have moved in feel welcome.”

“That is what is really good about this place. Everyone feels secure.” The Brotherhood partners with Launch Housing and Berry Street to deliver the Education First Youth (EFY) Foyer model in Victoria. Three EFY Foyers operate on TAFE campuses, in Broadmeadows, Glen Waverley and Shepparton, combining mainstream education and training opportunities with affordable accommodation, employment and other support services.

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