The Triple H project is a collaborative initiative that not only shines the light on youth homelessness but also illustrates the power of community and collaboration, and demonstrates the role of a backbone organisation such as Lighthouse. The following is a brief outline of how this project unfolded over the past 18 months.

In May 2022, ABC Takeover gathered 42 local young people for Shepparton's first-ever ABC Takeover Youth Summit. Participants were mostly Year 9 students and older, with students representing each of the secondary schools in our region.

As part of the week-long program, participants talked about local issues that concerned them and workshopped ideas around how our community could address these challenges.

Issues concerning gender identity, racism, mental health, alternative hands-on learning options and of course, homelessness were discussed.

Importantly, the young people were given the platform and empowerment to seek solutions and with funding from FRRR, a number of these initiatives have been brought to life. Some of the initiatives that have emerged from the Takeover event include the delivery of REACH workshops at GSSC, the engagement of several Primary Schools at Pit Stop, a hands-on learning program delivered by Lighthouse, and in 2024 Bangarra Dance Company will work with young people to promote cultural connections with their Rekindling program

And, of course, the Triple H project was one of the ideas the young people developed.

The young people who workshopped this issue saw Triple H: Humanity Helping Homelessness as a community movement to raise awareness and provide support for people experiencing homelessness locally.

With funding from FRRR, Lighthouse has contributed to the development of a number of videos. These have been coordinated by Steph Byrne as part of her 2022 Goulburn Murray Leadership program project.

Additionally, The Bridge Youth Service also received funding to deliver an event which was held on 15 November.

Lighthouse is proud to be part of this collaboration that will hopefully be an ongoing movement and continues to shine a light on the critical and challenging issue of youth homelessness. It is programs such as this that can contribute to delivering better outcomes for young people who find themselves without somewhere to call home.

Working with the Takeover team, FRRR, The Bridge, Education First Youth Foyer Foundation and Berry Street reflects Lighthouse's role as a backbone organisation; we love to source and harness funds, empower and elevate youth voices, advocate for our community, and provide support from the sidelines to deliver projects that matter and have real impact.

We thank FRRR, the Greater Shepparton Foundation, ABC Heywire, Vic Health and, of course, the young people both from the Takeover event and Triple H for their contribution to this project.

Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the Shepparton region on whose lands we are located, the Yorta Yorta peoples and their Elders past, present and emerging. Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project recognises, respects and supports all community members regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability, or age.

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