Open Family Australia believes that education is a vital component of a young person’s ability to improve their personal circumstance, now and into the future. People who experience disadvantage and homelessness as a young person are more likely to continue the cycle across their lifetime.
The longer young people remain in school, the greater the chance that they will gain long term employment and break the cycles of poverty, drug and alcohol dependency, and other issues affecting young people at-risk.
There is a direct correlation between the level of education obtained and the prospect of future employment - the lower the level of education a person completes, the greater the difficulty they face in securing employment. A study conducted by the Business Council of Australia revealed that 21% of young men and 59% of young women who left school in year 9 remained unemployed seven years after leaving school.
Students from lower socio-economic backgrounds are less likely to continue to tertiary education and tend to achieve lower results across all years of education. Continuing into tertiary education further increases a person’s chance of employment however, tertiary admission is usually dependent on the level of secondary education achieved.
At Open Family Australia our Education Alliance is conducted over two programs: