The education of homeless youth in Australia
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Australia's changing social and economic trends have produced an increase in the number of homeless youths. Being homeless affects their educa- tional life chances. Education has many advantages for young people, including an escape route out of poverty. It may offer stability, community, a network of friends and may be a barrier against dropping out and potential homelessness. However, school may also be a source of alienation, rejection and further marginalisation. Federal and State governments need to address income support and accommodation in order for homeless youth to take full advantage of educational opportunities.
Youth Studies Australia