Kids Under Cover is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing youth homelessness.
We offer young people the unique combination of supported housing options with scholarships
There are many ways to get involved and help at-risk young people and their families.
Kids Under Cover supports vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness by building studios
YES Partnerships underpin all of Kids Under Cover’s work
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Vicki Standish has always ‘stood-up’ for young people. Driven by challenging circumstances in her own childhood, she has spent her life rolling her sleeves up and doing what she can for those experiencing disadvantage.
An entrepreneur, Mum, and philanthropist, Vicki’s roles over a long and diverse career have included air hostess, chambermaid, breakfast cook, hotel receptionist, editor, hotel chain management and credit control, working with Mother Theresa, lobbying against nuclear testing, Indigenous advocate and cattle rancher.
She has turned her business success into a life that makes a difference by being positive. Through the Vicki Standish Family Foundation, she currently contributes to more than half a dozen different philanthropic projects, and Kids Under Cover are privileged to fall under her caring umbrella.
A supporter of Kids Under Cover’s programs to prevent youth homelessness since 2008, in 2015 her Foundation contributed funds for studios in Wallan and Wendouree, providing certainty into the lives of two young people who have each endured periods of homelessness punctuated by mental health issues and substance abuse problems. The studios provided these young people with a level of stability that offers hope for improved futures.
Attending a Kids Under Cover studio visit in Airport West in 2015, Vicki’s empathy for that foster family was clear. Recalling a Mother Theresa adage that “the greatest gift that people can give is time”, Vicki was moved by the foster parents’ commitment and resilience, and their desire to help as many children in need as possible at the expense of their own comfort.
Conscious of her past tendency to try and do everything herself, Vicki now, through her Foundation, selects projects where she can make the greatest difference, and enables others to do their work.
The Foundation’s advocacy for Kids Under Cover’s programs helps change lives; and for that we are eternally grateful.
Barr Family Foundation
The Barr Family Foundation provides generous support to both our Studio and Scholarship Programs. Their contribution across these two programs makes the Foundation a Platinum partner of Kids Under Cover.
Portland House Foundation
Our Undercover Angel award recipient in 2014, the Portland House Foundation was justly recognised for its wonderful, long-term support of Kids Under Cover, which extends back to 2002. The Foundation enables both our programs and our efforts to sustain and grow.
The Shine On Foundation
The Shine On Foundation is a new philanthropic partner of Kids Under Cover. Their generous 2015/16 grant will fund the build of two studios and contribute to the 16/17 Scholarship Program..
BB & A Miller Foundation
In 2015/16 the BB & A Miller Foundation came on board as a Gold Partner, supporting both the Studio and Scholarship programs
The Eric and Elizabeth Gross Foundation
The Eric & Elizabeth Gross Foundation first supported Kids Under Cover in 2013, and since then has funded both studios and scholarships.
In 2015/16 the Grenet Foundation continued its generous support of Kids Under Cover’s Studio Program.
The IOOF Foundation
The IOOF Foundation has supported Kids Under Cover since 2013, the last two years as a Gold Partner of the Studio Program.
Joe White Bequest
A Gold Partner of Kids Under Cover, the Joe White Bequest has generously provided funds for the Studio Program every year since 2008.
Vicki Standish Family Foundation
Vicki Standish and her family have advocated for youth homelessness prevention for many years, first supporting Kids Under Cover in 2008. The Foundation is now a Gold Partner of the Studio Program
Besen Family Foundation
Collier Charitable Fund
EM Horton Family Fund
FGM Charitable Fund
Hunter Hall Shareholder Nominated Charitable Donations Scheme
J & B Jackson Foundation
Jack and Ethel Goldin Foundation
The Marian & E.H. Flack Trust
Matana Foundation for Young People
Mercy Foundation Ltd
Norman, Mavis & Graeme Waters Perpetual Trust
The William Angliss (Vic) Charitable Foundation
The William Buckland Foundation