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MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD

Kids Under Cover

Contact

Name: Martin Murley

Position: Philanthropic Partnerships

Email: kuc@kuc.org.au

Address

383 Swan St

Richmond

Melbourne 3121

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Our Mission / Objective

Kids Under Cover has been delivering programs to prevent youth homelessness and give disadvantaged young people the opportunity to reach their full potential since 1989. Working in partnership with almost 70 community service organisations (CSOs), we deliver an early intervention service to prevent youth homelessness by providing relocatable studio accommodation and scholarships for at-risk and homeless young people.

We envision an Australia where no young person in our community is homeless. Our mission is to provide young people at risk of homelessness with the foundations to strengthen their connection to family, community and education, and make a lasting difference in their lives.

Kids Under Cover is a non-denominational, not-for-profit organisation established in 1989 as a practical response to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report on youth homelessness (“Burdekin Report”). Since our commencement, we have assisted over 3,000 young people who were at risk of homelessness.

Kids Under Cover is the only not-for-profit organisation in Australia delivering the combination of relocatable studio accommodation and education scholarships as an early intervention strategy to prevent youth homelessness and family breakdown. While numerous worthy organisations provide programs to meet the needs of young people who are already homeless, our focus is on early intervention with the explicit aim of helping to mitigate the risk factors for youth homelessness.

On 30 June 2016 almost 650 young people were living in stable and secure accommodation provided by Kids Under Cover, and in the 2015/16 year, 128 of them also received a scholarship to help them stay engaged with education. Our studios help families stay together, and our scholarships give formerly at risk young people the support they need to remain engaged in education and their community.

Our Services

We deliver youth homelessness prevention programs. See Projects for more detail.

Our Beneficiaries

The focus of our homelessness prevention programs is young people aged 12-25.

Every day in Australia, disadvantaged young people as young as 12 become homeless. It’s a grave misconception that young people become homeless by choice. The reality is vastly different.

Youth homelessness is seemingly a largely invisible problem, yet the 2011 Census reported that over 105,000 Australians are homeless on any given night; that is nearly 1 in every 200 people. And most damning of all, nearly 50% were young people under the age of 25. In Victoria, homelessness grew by over 20% between the 2006 and 2011 national census data collections.

The issues that lead someone to become homeless are complex and varied. For at-risk young people, their lives have become emotionally and often, physically unbearable. Their home life may be burdened by the disadvantages of poverty, neglect, abuse, unemployment, substance abuse, health complications, disability and mental illness. When this is combined with a severely overcrowded home, it leaves young people without the physical and emotional space needed to deal with the effects of their experiences.

This cycle of events cause some young people to feel there is no other option, but to leave. They are not ready, have nowhere to go and become isolated from mainstream society.

The impact can be severe. Recent research into youth homelessness by leading Australian academics concluded; “Homelessness, compounded by mental and physical health problems, causes a strain on every aspect of a young person’s life, such as familial relationships, finding stable employment, sustaining independent accommodation and completing secondary education” .

Kids Under Cover believes that prevention is better than cure, and it starts with stable accommodation. We build relocatable, one- and two-bedroom studios that are installed in the backyard of a family or carer’s* home.

The extra room relieves overcrowding, eases tension and provides young people with a secure and stable environment, giving at-risk young people the room to recover and develop. We then complement our Studio Program with scholarships for education or job training, offsetting basic education costs to empower young people to achieve their goals.

*carers can include parents, grandparents, other family members, foster carers or guardians

Projects in Progress

Studio Program: This is our core program. Kids Under Cover builds fully relocatable one- or two-bedroom studios in the backyard of a carer’s home, providing secure and stable accommodation for young people at risk. The studios comprise bedroom(s) and bathroom. Studios are built in either metropolitan or regional Victoria to accommodate one to two young people in need of accommodation.

A community support organisation partner already working with a family at risk will apply to Kids Under Cover for a studio, based on their determination that the studio will be an appropriate intervention and solution to the risk of youth homelessness for that family. In 2015/16, Kids Under Cover completed 61 studio builds, providing accommodation for 88 young people formerly at risk of homelessness. Of the 61 studio builds completed last financial year, 40% were built in metropolitan areas, and 60% in regional or rural areas, with 56% of studios being one-bedroom and 44% two-bedroom. In 2016/17 we project that we will need to build almost 70 studios.

Scholarship Program: The families that Kids Under Cover supports struggle to meet the basic costs of schooling in addition to daily household costs such as food and rent. As more families feel the strain of soaring education costs, lack of affordable housing and an increased cost of living, many young people feel they have no option but to leave home before they’re ready. Often, this means dropping out of education. There is ample evidence to show that staying in education is vital to the long-term health and well-being of at-risk young people, providing greater options for employment and financial independence. According to the Brotherhood of St Laurence, “Around one in five young people leave school before completing year 12. … early school leavers are two and a half times more likely to experience deep social exclusion than those who complete Year 12.” Kids Under Cover addresses these issues through our Scholarship Program.

Our scholarships:

  • are available to young people aged between 15 and 25 living in our studios (and their siblings);
  • provide assistance to offset basic educational expenses (such as resources, uniforms, public transport to and from school, laptop computers, etc.), reducing the financial burden on families;
  • enable young people at risk to continue their studies or job training;
  • can also assist young people who have dropped out of school due to domestic and personal upheaval to re-engage with education.

Demand for our Scholarship Program has increased markedly over the last 24 months, growing from 46 awarded in 2012/13, to 61 in 2013/14, 122 in 2014/15, and 128 in the 2015/16 financial year. We anticipate awarding up to 140 scholarships in 2016/17.

Our People

CEO

Ms Jo Swift, Chief Executive Officer

Leadership Team

Brett Evans – National Program Manager;

Heather Fisher – National Finance & Operations Manager;

Bianca Richards – National Marketing & Fundraising Manager

Names of Board Members

Andy Coleman – Chair; Alison Tait – Treasurer;

Sarah Davies – Director; Helen Kroger – Director;

Nathaniel Popelianski – Director;

Colin Radford – Director

Number of Employees

16

Number of Volunteers

Up to 200 per year

Registration Information

ABN

76 604 592 013

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

A bequest (also known as a legacy) is a gift of money or assets that you leave through your Will. Bequests are critical to Kids Under Cover and the young people and families we support. They enable us to continue providing our vital support services in our work to prevent youth homelessness.
By leaving a gift in your Will to Kids Under Cover you will be building the foundations to prevent youth homelessness.
There are several types of bequests. Some are specified amounts of money, items of property or stocks and shares. Other bequests may be a percentage of an estate or the remainder of an estate once family, friends and taxes are taken care of.

For further information, please call Martin on 03 9429 7444 for a confidential conversation, or email bequests@kuc.org.au.

General Donations

If you would like to make a donation to support our work to prevent youth homelessness, your gift would be greatly appreciated. Just $35 is the equivalent of one night’s accommodation for a young person at risk.

To donate, please click HERE.

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Kids Under Cover is the official charity of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIGFS). Each year we stage the Cubby House Challenge as part of MIFGS, where designers and builders come together to create incredible cubby houses which we auction off to raise funds for our work. The cubby house village is a fantastic,fun, interactive exhibit for children, and a highlight of MIFGS.

We need volunteers to person our village, to sell raffle tickets and pins, and help us make the Cubby House Challenge an event to remember. There are half day and full day volunteer opportunities for each of the five days of MIFGS (Wed-Sun).

For more information about the Cubby House Challenge, click HERE. To register as a volunteer, click HERE.

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

Kids Under Cover has been delivering programs to prevent youth homelessness and give disadvantaged young people the opportunity to reach their full potential since 1989. Working in partnership with almost 70 community service organisations (CSOs), we deliver an early intervention service to prevent youth homelessness by providing relocatable studio accommodation and scholarships for at-risk and homeless young people.

We envision an Australia where no young person in our community is homeless. Our mission is to provide young people at risk of homelessness with the foundations to strengthen their connection to family, community and education, and make a lasting difference in their lives.

Kids Under Cover is a non-denominational, not-for-profit organisation established in 1989 as a practical response to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report on youth homelessness (“Burdekin Report”). Since our commencement, we have assisted over 3,000 young people who were at risk of homelessness.

Kids Under Cover is the only not-for-profit organisation in Australia delivering the combination of relocatable studio accommodation and education scholarships as an early intervention strategy to prevent youth homelessness and family breakdown. While numerous worthy organisations provide programs to meet the needs of young people who are already homeless, our focus is on early intervention with the explicit aim of helping to mitigate the risk factors for youth homelessness.

On 30 June 2016 almost 650 young people were living in stable and secure accommodation provided by Kids Under Cover, and in the 2015/16 year, 128 of them also received a scholarship to help them stay engaged with education. Our studios help families stay together, and our scholarships give formerly at risk young people the support they need to remain engaged in education and their community.

Our Services

We deliver youth homelessness prevention programs. See Projects for more detail.

Our Beneficiaries

The focus of our homelessness prevention programs is young people aged 12-25.

Every day in Australia, disadvantaged young people as young as 12 become homeless. It’s a grave misconception that young people become homeless by choice. The reality is vastly different.

Youth homelessness is seemingly a largely invisible problem, yet the 2011 Census reported that over 105,000 Australians are homeless on any given night; that is nearly 1 in every 200 people. And most damning of all, nearly 50% were young people under the age of 25. In Victoria, homelessness grew by over 20% between the 2006 and 2011 national census data collections.

The issues that lead someone to become homeless are complex and varied. For at-risk young people, their lives have become emotionally and often, physically unbearable. Their home life may be burdened by the disadvantages of poverty, neglect, abuse, unemployment, substance abuse, health complications, disability and mental illness. When this is combined with a severely overcrowded home, it leaves young people without the physical and emotional space needed to deal with the effects of their experiences.

This cycle of events cause some young people to feel there is no other option, but to leave. They are not ready, have nowhere to go and become isolated from mainstream society.

The impact can be severe. Recent research into youth homelessness by leading Australian academics concluded; “Homelessness, compounded by mental and physical health problems, causes a strain on every aspect of a young person’s life, such as familial relationships, finding stable employment, sustaining independent accommodation and completing secondary education” .

Kids Under Cover believes that prevention is better than cure, and it starts with stable accommodation. We build relocatable, one- and two-bedroom studios that are installed in the backyard of a family or carer’s* home.

The extra room relieves overcrowding, eases tension and provides young people with a secure and stable environment, giving at-risk young people the room to recover and develop. We then complement our Studio Program with scholarships for education or job training, offsetting basic education costs to empower young people to achieve their goals.

*carers can include parents, grandparents, other family members, foster carers or guardians

Projects in Progress

Studio Program: This is our core program. Kids Under Cover builds fully relocatable one- or two-bedroom studios in the backyard of a carer’s home, providing secure and stable accommodation for young people at risk. The studios comprise bedroom(s) and bathroom. Studios are built in either metropolitan or regional Victoria to accommodate one to two young people in need of accommodation.

A community support organisation partner already working with a family at risk will apply to Kids Under Cover for a studio, based on their determination that the studio will be an appropriate intervention and solution to the risk of youth homelessness for that family. In 2015/16, Kids Under Cover completed 61 studio builds, providing accommodation for 88 young people formerly at risk of homelessness. Of the 61 studio builds completed last financial year, 40% were built in metropolitan areas, and 60% in regional or rural areas, with 56% of studios being one-bedroom and 44% two-bedroom. In 2016/17 we project that we will need to build almost 70 studios.

Scholarship Program: The families that Kids Under Cover supports struggle to meet the basic costs of schooling in addition to daily household costs such as food and rent. As more families feel the strain of soaring education costs, lack of affordable housing and an increased cost of living, many young people feel they have no option but to leave home before they’re ready. Often, this means dropping out of education. There is ample evidence to show that staying in education is vital to the long-term health and well-being of at-risk young people, providing greater options for employment and financial independence. According to the Brotherhood of St Laurence, “Around one in five young people leave school before completing year 12. … early school leavers are two and a half times more likely to experience deep social exclusion than those who complete Year 12.” Kids Under Cover addresses these issues through our Scholarship Program.

Our scholarships:

  • are available to young people aged between 15 and 25 living in our studios (and their siblings);
  • provide assistance to offset basic educational expenses (such as resources, uniforms, public transport to and from school, laptop computers, etc.), reducing the financial burden on families;
  • enable young people at risk to continue their studies or job training;
  • can also assist young people who have dropped out of school due to domestic and personal upheaval to re-engage with education.

Demand for our Scholarship Program has increased markedly over the last 24 months, growing from 46 awarded in 2012/13, to 61 in 2013/14, 122 in 2014/15, and 128 in the 2015/16 financial year. We anticipate awarding up to 140 scholarships in 2016/17.

Our People

CEO

Ms Jo Swift, Chief Executive Officer

Leadership Team

Brett Evans – National Program Manager;

Heather Fisher – National Finance & Operations Manager;

Bianca Richards – National Marketing & Fundraising Manager

Names of Board Members

Andy Coleman – Chair; Alison Tait – Treasurer;

Sarah Davies – Director; Helen Kroger – Director;

Nathaniel Popelianski – Director;

Colin Radford – Director

Number of Employees

16

Number of Volunteers

Up to 200 per year

Registration Information

ABN

76 604 592 013

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

A bequest (also known as a legacy) is a gift of money or assets that you leave through your Will. Bequests are critical to Kids Under Cover and the young people and families we support. They enable us to continue providing our vital support services in our work to prevent youth homelessness.
By leaving a gift in your Will to Kids Under Cover you will be building the foundations to prevent youth homelessness.
There are several types of bequests. Some are specified amounts of money, items of property or stocks and shares. Other bequests may be a percentage of an estate or the remainder of an estate once family, friends and taxes are taken care of.

For further information, please call Martin on 03 9429 7444 for a confidential conversation, or email bequests@kuc.org.au.

General Donations

If you would like to make a donation to support our work to prevent youth homelessness, your gift would be greatly appreciated. Just $35 is the equivalent of one night’s accommodation for a young person at risk.

To donate, please click HERE.

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Kids Under Cover is the official charity of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIGFS). Each year we stage the Cubby House Challenge as part of MIFGS, where designers and builders come together to create incredible cubby houses which we auction off to raise funds for our work. The cubby house village is a fantastic,fun, interactive exhibit for children, and a highlight of MIFGS.

We need volunteers to person our village, to sell raffle tickets and pins, and help us make the Cubby House Challenge an event to remember. There are half day and full day volunteer opportunities for each of the five days of MIFGS (Wed-Sun).

For more information about the Cubby House Challenge, click HERE. To register as a volunteer, click HERE.

Our Annual Reports

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