Education First Youth Foyer

The Education First Youth Foyer in Shepparton supports young people who are unable to live at home or do not have a stable place to live to achieve their education goals. Young people receive safe, secure accommodation while they study, as well as other support and skills to become independent adults.

Young people can also access work experience, develop their career goals and create a plan for future employment.

The Youth Foyer opened in 2016 and supports up to 40 young people at a time. It is a partnership between Berry Street, Beyond Housing Network and GOTAFE.


To be eligible for the Education First Youth Foyer you are:

  • aged 16 to 24 years old

  • unable to live at home or do not have a stable place to live

  • keen to get into education and training

  • willing to make a commitment to stay in education and/or training. 

How to apply

If you are eligible, there are 2 steps to apply for the Youth Foyer:

  1.  Please complete a readiness form (PDF 608 KB). You can fill it out yourself or have someone you trust help you fill it out. 
  2. Submit the completed form to the Education First Youth Foyer in Shepparton. This can be done in person or you can email it to

You’re also welcome to drop into the Youth Foyer and pick up a form in person.

A member of the team will get back to you within 3 business days about your application.

Download form (PDF 608 KB)




Mentor and Business Opportunities

“The Committee for greater Shepparton was formed to unite the business and community leadership of the region. Two of our key strategic pillars are productivity and inclusivity. We want our young people to be well educated and engaged in the economy of the region. We support the development of the Youth Foyer, and look forward to engaging with the students to help them in their career journeys.”

 - Sam Birrell, CEO, Committee for Great Shepparton

Getting involved with the Education First Youth Foyer is an investment in the future of Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley. 

The Youth Foyer welcomes support from all kinds of businesses. The level of support is flexible and can be tailored to your business. Some of the ways local businesses have been involved include: 

  • hosting a work ‘taster’ – sharing insight into the operations of your business
  • presenting at one of our Foyer industry nights
  • work experience opportunities
  • casual, part-time or full-time employment
  • traineeships/apprenticeships
  • mentoring
  • internships
  • sharing networks and experiences
  • scholarships
  • working with us to design a program that fits your business and challenges young people to get involved. 

In return you will be making a difference in the lives of young people and helping change the way society thinks of young people.

Enquire now

Get in touch

Education First Youth Foyer Team
Phone 03 5825 6104 or 0438 716 974

Apply for the Foyer

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