The development of three new education first ‘Youth Foyers’ in Victoria includes a research project to evaluate this integrated support to young people who are unable to live at home and are at risk of homelessness.

What are the Education First Youth Foyers?

Education First Youth Foyers (EFYF) are for young people aged 16–24 years old who want to study but can’t live at home. Education is central; our Foyers are student accommodation with coaching and support for young people who are motivated to study and work.

The Education First Youth Foyers are funded by the Victorian Government in collaboration with Launch Housing and the Brotherhood of St Laurence. We want young people to be independent, happy, flourish, get a job, work out who they are, explore what they want to do and make connections that will help them achieve their goals.

To make sure that Foyers are achieving good outcomes, we are doing a large evaluation supported by the Victorian Government. Our research is looking at how we provide services, the costs involved and whether we achieve positive outcomes for students.

From 2013 to 2017, we surveyed and interviewed Foyer students and young people in other homelessness services. We’re interested in figuring out what works best to help young people who are experiencing/at risk of homelessness.

To learn more about this study please see our EFYF evaluation information sheet.

The evaluation includes assessment of the Education First Foyer model and its practice approach, the outcomes for foyer students compared with young people using the current form of supported transitional housing, and the model’s cost effectiveness and estimated long-term benefits.

Latest reports

Marion Coddou, Joseph Borlagdan and Shelley Mallett 2019, Starting a future that means something to you: outcomes from a longitudinal study of Education First Youth Foyers (PDF, 1.3 MB) and summary (PDF, 65 KB)  

The Brotherhood of St Laurence commissioned KPMG to conduct an evidence-based analysis of the value for money offered by the Education First Youth Foyer model:

KPMG 2019, Education First Youth Foyers: economic evaluation (PDF, 386 KB)

Early publications

Some keys to effective collaboration between government departments and community organisations have been identified by the evaluation team.

Download the report Throwing out the rulebook: collaborative innovation for the unfolding Education First Youth Foyer model (PDF, 804 KB)

Contact: Joseph Borlagdan jborlagdan(at) 

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