On Wednesday night, St Kilda Primary School and Launch Housing were the winners of a Victorian Health Award in the category of Health Equity. We are so pleased and proud to share this award with Launch Housing.
The support they provide is life changing. Together we provide children who experience homelessness with security, love, flexibility, understanding, compassion, support and boundaries. School is a safe place for them to make mistakes and learn about themselves and the world. We couldn’t have wished for a better agency to partner with, in order to help break the cycle of homelessness / poverty.
Melbourne University recently completed a longitudinal study of people who experience homelessness. They concluded that if a young person experiences homelessness after the age of 15, they have an adult employment rate of 24%. Whereas, if a child under 15 experiences homelessness, their future employment rate is that of only 10%. The Education Pathway Program’s long-term goal is to improve this abhorrent statistic.
The work undertaken with these children every day, reduces lost learning time and provides a positive experience of school (for students and parents), all of which we know improves the life chances of children who experience homelessness.
We cannot thank Launch Housing enough, particularly Shannon Richardson, for their commitment to the children who enter into the STEP program at our school.