Positive Schools

Master Class (Day 2)

Main Stage (Day 1)


9.30 – 11.00

Bianca Orsini

Youth Homelessness Matters

Bianca Orsini Youth Homelessness Matters Positive Schools 2013

Awareness doesn’t equal change; it equals choice. I believe Schools are the foundation for real change to take place but we first need to improve choice for our students.

The incidence of youth homelessness (12 to 18 years old) in Australia has doubled to 22,000 in the past 20 years with over 9,000 of those youth homeless and still attending School. 44,500 are estimated to be homeless under the age of 25.


You won’t see these youth on the streets. The majority will be hidden from sight, sleeping on someone’s couch because they don’t have anywhere else to go. They may have a roof over their head but without love, security and support of a family and scars of abuse and neglect – how can we truly say these youth have a home?


In my presentation, I’ll speak from the heart about my personal experience of family breakdown, financial hardship and mental health issues – how

they led to homelessness and how I’m overcoming it. I’ll share how Schools are taking a stand to prove this is not a lost cause. There is potential in every young Australian, whether at risk or not and we can all play a part in securing a positive future for them.






About Bianca

Bianca Orsini experienced homelessness at 20 years old after a turbulent childhood and a destructive and unsafe living situation.  She lived a double life staying in crisis refuges, on couches or whatever else she could find whilst managing to maintain a job as a Legal Team Leader. 

When her dream was achieved to work for The Salvation Army, the organisation which changed her life, she realised the potential outcomes of getting at risk young people connected to support and new opportunities. She has since set out on a journey to make positive change a reality for all homeless young Australians.






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