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
Kids Under Cover supports vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness by building studios
There are many ways to get involved and help at-risk young people and their families.
Genevieve and John have always promised their children that they would provide them a home for as long as they needed it, but when their oldest son was studying his VCE they realised that his living arrangements were diminishing his capacity for study and success. He was sharing a room with his younger brother, so didn’t have the space or environment for solitary study.
“We knew the boys couldn’t continue to share a room. Not because they fight – there’s no animosity between them,” Genevieve said. “They’re just teenage brothers who get on each other’s nerves sometimes, but it was really impacting our oldest son’s VCE study. He just needed some more space to focus, and we knew that in the right environment he would thrive.”
Genevieve and John wanted to provide more space for their son, but they didn’t have any more room to give him to study for his VCE – let alone a further six years it would take for a medical degree.
They reached out to Kids Under Cover through a local Community Service Organisation (CSO), and enquired about a one-bedroom one-bathroom studio for their backyard.
“He always wanted to be a doctor,” Genevieve said. “If we had waited much longer to reach out to Kids Under Cover, it would have been too late. The outcome of his VCE would not have been as good. He just needed space to excel.”
The family has now had the studio for two years, through their son’s VCE and into his Bachelor of Biomedicine. Both boys are much happier with their own space, and room to focus on their own projects.
“It means that he can live here until he can support himself. He knows how much of a privilege it is to have his own space, and somewhere quiet to study.”
The studio has given the family more room to ensure that their children have safe and stable accommodation until they’re ready to support themselves. Their two sons have also received scholarships to contribute to the cost of their school and university books.
Kids Under Cover
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