School engagement programs

The Brotherhood of St Laurence Schools Engagement Program conducts a range of programs to inspire and equip young people to take action on important social issues in our society; like poverty, racism and homelessness.

Students are supported to make meaningful connections with community members and realise their capacity to affect positive community change. Empathy and genuine human connection are at the core of our program..

Urban Camp

Urban Camps form the largest component of the Brotherhood’s Schools Engagement Program. Urban Camp is a three, four or five-day experiential learning program that encourages young people to develop an awareness of social justice issues and act as passionate advocates for social change.

Participants sleep in our Coolibah Social Connection Hub in Fitzroy and spend their time learning about the root causes of poverty and experiencing the power of community.

Our deepest impact occurs on Urban Camps. By separating the students from their everyday world, we create a safe space where they can explore concepts surrounding poverty and inequality, and the type of world they would like to live in.

Day Programs

Social justice day programs are an opportunity for students to deep-dive into topics relating to poverty and disadvantage. Day programs are held in-school and in the community, and may focus on our key topic areas:

  • Poverty and homelessness in Australia
  • The experience of refugees and asylum seekers
  • Social inclusion of older people
  • The role of social enterprise in solving social issues

Speaking engagements and short workshops

Our team can visit your school and speak to students about poverty and disadvantage in Australia and the work of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Our engaging and informative speakers can help provide context on complex social justice issues in an accessible way to assist in your students learning

Contact us

To find out how your school can get involved, please contact
Annabel Luscombe, Schools Engagement Coordinator
Phone: (03) 9483 2426
Email: annabel.luscombe(at)

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