Our Director, Rebecca, is an experienced secondary school teacher and strongly believes that much of what Your Own Place offers to young people at risk of homelessness should be a provision that is universally available. A ‘curriculum for life’ is essential to making a successful transition to adulthood, for which we all have a responsibility.
What do we do?
We deliver one-off or a whole term of schools workshops to key stage 4 to support pupils to achieve Economic Wellbeing. We offer workshops on Enterprise and Business, Managing Finances, Homelessness Prevention, understanding how to find a home and being ready for and adult working life.
We can also deliver schools mentoring projects. We can train and develop mentors within existing cohorts of pupils or from outside to raise awareness of homelessness, build empathy and resilience and improve attainment.
Does it work?
Young people must be better prepared for adult life. Too often, pensions, mortgages and tenancy agreements go un-read and misunderstood because this vital learning is missed. This can have drastic consequences for some young people. Children are making financial decisions earlier than ever and schools have a key role in ensuring they get the financial education they need to navigate a complex world. St. Basils STaMP mentoring programme in schools has shown that young people leaving home too early are more likely to become homeless later on. Mentoring and peer educating young people who are at risk of homelessness can ensure young people leave home at a later age and make a more successful transition.