Youth Foyers

Our Education First Youth Foyers for young people who can’t live at home with their families have at their core housing, education and other support that leads to employment, independence and rewarding adult lives.

The Education First Youth Foyers break the cycle of homelessness by providing young people aged 16 to 24 years with safe, secure and affordable accommodation on campus for two years while they study towards a career.

The foyers - in Glen Waverley and Broadmeadows in Melbourne and Shepparton in northern Victoria - each house 40 young people in customised studio-style accommodation and shared communal areas, supervised by trained staff around the clock.

Support services on site include career guidance, employment assistance, mentoring, mental and physical health support, developing life skills and assistance with involvement in volunteer and community activities.

The Brotherhood developed Education First Youth Foyers in partnership with Launch Housing.


Education First Youth Foyer at Holmesglen Institute – Waverley campus: 629 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley 3150

» Read the Holmesglen Waverley brochure

Education First Youth Foyer at Kangan Institute – Broadmeadows campus:  30 Cavendish Street, Broadmeadows 3047

» Read the Kangan Broadmeadows brochure 

Education First Youth Foyer at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE ‑ Shepparton campus: 193-197 Fryers Street, Shepparton

Who is eligible

To be eligible for an Education First Youth Foyer, you must be:

  • aged 16 to 24 years
  • unable to live at home
  • keen to get into education and training
  • willing to make a commitment to stay in education and training.

Visit our Youth Foyer eligibility page to read more about the application process. To be considered for an Education First Youth Foyer, you must complete and submit its readiness form, also available on the eligibility page. 


We thank the following partners for their valuable contributions:

Launch Housing

State Government of Victoria

Contact us

Education First Youth Foyer at Holmesglen Institute (Glen Waverley)
Foyer Manager - Hannah Venables
Email: bianca.joyce(at)
Ph: (03) 9564 6485

Education First Youth Foyer at Kangan Institute (Broadmeadows)
Rebecca Lee
Email: rebecca.lee(at)
Ph: (03) 9309 3946

Education First Youth Foyer at GOTAFE (Shepparton)
Anita McCurdy
Email: amccurdy(at)
Ph: (03) 5822 8199

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