When John* lost his mum, his life started to unravel. His auntie tried her best to care for him, but was having difficulty getting through to him.
Tonight, across Australia, 36,000 young people will bed down in refuges, inner city squats, parks and other public places in our big cities.
For many of these kids, homelessness begins the descent into alcohol and drug abuse, mental illness, violence, crime, prostitution and other behaviours damaging to their physical and mental health.
Sir David Martin, the late Governor of NSW, had a vision that all young people can grow up in safety, with hope and opportunity.
The Sir David Martin Foundation was set up to fund effective programs that help young people in crisis regain their health, get off the streets and achieve their goals.
Our Programs include