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Welcome to the Sir David Martin Foundation Blog. Our General Manager posts regular updates, and we invite occasional guest bloggers, such as our Ambassadors.

Choice, opportunity and belonging

Choice, opportunity and belonging

Being a Governor on the Board of the Sir David Martin Foundation gives me cause to think about choice, opportunity and belonging.

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Hope for young Australians

Hope for young Australians

As the librarian at Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell, I work in an environment where I have the pleasure and satisfaction of seeing young people embark on a career in the defence force. In most cases they've been supported by a network of family members and friends who have guided, mentored and advised throughout this lengthy process.

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'Couch Surfing': the modern homelessness

'Couch Surfing': the modern homelessness

I recently house-sat for a family and had the joy of looking after their furry friends during my stay. Word spread quickly and, before long, I found myself house sitting for a few more families around Sydney in the following months. It was quite fun!

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Conquering Jamberoo Mountain

Conquering Jamberoo Mountain

It's not Mount Everest, but Jamberoo Mountain became my obsession for a few months last year.

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Not giving up

Not giving up

The young people at Triple Care Farm inspire me in my role at Sir David Martin Foundation. Meeting Matthew* on one of my recent visits to the Farm was particularly inspiring.

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One in 3 homeless young people say they are homeless because they are unable to afford housing costs or find work...

Homeless youth are much more likely to have alcohol and drug problems, mental illness and trouble with the law...

33% of youth aged 16 and 17 years have tried at least one type of illegal substance including; cannabis, hallucinogens, amphetamines, ecstasy, opiates or cocaine...

Over 100,000 Australians are homeless on any given night, of which at least 44,000 are aged 12 to 25...