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Let's ensure vulnerable young people have a Merry Christmas

Couch surfing teens may not fit the stereotype of a homeless person but is a common form of homelessness - especially among young people.

What is 'real' youth homelessness?

It’s sleeping on friends’couches, it’s a kid who has been told to leave by a parent or carer, a kid who recently exited foster-care because they turned 18 and have nowhere to go, a kid who suffered abuse and needs to get away, a young person who has lost a parent, whose parent doesn’t like their sexual orientation or whose family cannot or will not care for them and more.
What if we do nothing? Australian young people are reporting mental health as their number one concern.

Factors like family breakdown, death or trauma, bullying, anxiety about exams or social media, poor health or nutrition caused by disadvantage, shame, low self-esteem, emotional break down all challenge young people constantly. 

Without support for these kids social isolation is likely.
Free boxing Open for all levels at Dunbar Park - sign up with the Avalon Youth Hub!
What we are doing works! What we are doing is working and with your help we can continue to grow within the community to prevent family breakdown, homelessness as well as building resilience within the community.
What if we do something? The Burdekin Association's holistic, preemptive approach to youth homelessness goes well beyond providing safe accommodation.

It is effective but also resource intensive.

With additional donations we can continue to offer high quality support. We can engage and build relationships with parents and young people in their environment, aiming to avert a family crises.
Free healing and thriving talk Spaces are limited - hope some of your got some spots - Barranjoey High School. Information and registration here.
Raising awareness of DV International College of Management, Manly. Annual breakfast $40 on Friday.
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