YHMD Campaign kit
This kit is a general guide to how you can support Youth Homelessness Matters Day 2017. It contains general information about the campaign, information about youth homelessness and ways that you can be involved with the campaign. It also includes information on hosting an event, social media and how to engage with media outlets.
YHMD2017 Video Competition
The Australian Government does not have a plan for how we can end youth homelessness. For Youth Homelessness Matters Day 2017 we are trying to change that and we want to hear from you! “What should be done to end youth homelessness?” By sharing your idea in a 30 second video, you go in the draw to win an iPad mini! Your ideas will shared with decision makers to help contribute to policy development.
To enter follow the steps bellow!
1. Create a video no more than 30 seconds long answering the question “what should be done to end youth homelessness?”
2. Send your video in a messge to the Youth Homelessness Matters Day Facebook page. facebook.com/yhmday
3. Once your video has been approved and uploaded to the YHMD Facebook page share it with your followers. The video with the most likes wins!
You can create your video in any way you want, as long as it somehow answers the question ‘what should be done to end youth homelessness?’. We want videos to be in the spirit of Youth Homelessness Matters Day so try and keep your message positive and empowering!
By submitting an entry into this competition you agree to our Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.
Pettition to Australian Federal Goverment
This Youth Homelessness Matters Day we are calling on political leaders to commit to a national plan to tackle the homelessness amongst young Australians.
A national plan to end youth homelessness would address the systemic issues that drive and exacerbate youth homelessness, including:
- Family violence
- Access to affordable housing
- Youth justice
- Young people on custody orders
- A housing guarantee for young people leaving care
- Young people leaving care
- Child protection
- Youth unemployment
We need your help! sign the petition and share it as far and wide as you can to help us get our message across.
#1 Ensure that young people have greater access to support and services
Young people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness need access to supportive and well-resourced services which work with them in establishing foundations on which they can build a stable future. These services can be tasked with the provision of ensuring health and wellbeing, safety and stability, re-engagement and participation with education and employment services.
#2 Break Stereotypes
The aim of this campaign is to break the common stereotypes that are associated with youth homelessness, and the young people who experience disadvantage.
The stigma attached to homelessness often prevents many young people from seeking help. As such, Youth Homelessness Matters Day aims to raise awareness that youth homelessness stereotypes are not accurate, and instead there needs to be more focus on recognising the signs of homelessness so there can be less shame and more productive help available.
#3 Engage with Government and Business
The campaign also aims to engage government and corporate sectors to resource specialist youth homelessness services, also known as youth refuges or shelters, which provide young people with the help they need in order to get back on their feet.