Supporting young people affected by homelessness or hardship through employment and opportunities in the creative industries
At HoMie and HoMie Creative supports young people affected by homelessness or hardship by equipping them with the skills, confidence and experiences to be more work-ready and better prepared for their future.
HoMie Creative will be a not-for-profit in-house studio and production company that uses 100% of its profits to support its mission of helping young people affected by homelessness or hardship.
Brands will be able to use our services, knowing they’re getting best-in-class performance, while also helping to support an incredible cause. It will provide pro-bono support to not-for-profit and community organisations, helping to generate content that they would otherwise not be able to afford. We aim to be an incubator and community hub for young creative talent, bringing in some of Melbourne’s finest photographers, designers, cinematographers, artists, and editors, to work with young people affected by homelessness or hardship.
A fully fledged HoMie Creative would both open-up a massive new revenue stream that would support our existing two programs, but it would also give us the opportunity to expand them and take them into spaces that we never thought possible.
For every 200 Australians, one is experiencing homelesness. 38% of people experiencing homelessness are under 25 years old. In Victoria, youth homelessness has risen 43% in the last decade. (ABS, 2018).
Young people experiencing homelessness or hardship have more barriers to education and employment than others their age. They are more likely to have inadequate skills, work experience or networks to simply, ‘get a job’. In addition, they experience social stigmas limiting their opportunities.
The young people who come through HoMie's social programs are often coming from vulnerable communities and face significant barriers to employment. HoMie aims to address this critical issue through our two programs, the VIP Days and the HoMie Pathway Alliance. So far, HoMie has worked with over 1000 young people. We've distributed over 5000 pieces of brand-new HoMie clothing for free and graduated more than 20 young people through the HoMie Pathway Alliance. Over 90% of graduates from the HoMie Pathway Alliance have gone on to further full-time employment or study. It’s a strong, stable, program with an outstanding history of success.
HoMie Creative will not only generate vital revenue to ensure these two programs remain strong and viable, and act as an additional circuit-breaker for young people experiencing homelessness or hardship; working with them to get the education and paid work experience that will help them gain entrance into the workforce.
We know this is an achievable dream, because we’ve done it before through our first venture HoMie, and we have the foundations ready. We have the in-house expertise and the industry connections, we just don’t have the capital to invest in the equipment and infrastructure needed to make it a reality.
A Dreams for a Better World grant will allow us to expand that mission exponentially by covering the cost of studio equipment, including computers, sound equipment and lighting, and adjustments to the studio to create a safe environment that complies with social distancing requirements.